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Dublin: 22 °C Monday 15 July, 2019
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It will be cloudy today - but it will still be roasting

Early indications are that the good weather will continue for most of next week.

Crowds at Sandycove beach.
Crowds at Sandycove beach.
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Updated Jul 5th 2018, 8:50 AM

THE WARM WEATHER will continue today, with temperatures hitting 26 degrees – but only after some cloud.

Met Éireann says that today will be dry in most areas with hazy sunshine in the south and southeast.

Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy with a little patchy mist or drizzle in western coastal areas.

“Maximum temperatures will range from 16 to 21 Celsius in the southwest, west and north, but it will be quite warm elsewhere, with values of 22 to 26 Celsius, warmest in the south and southeast. Winds mostly light to moderate, northwesterly in direction.”

Tomorrow will see a return to dry, warm and sunny conditions with temperatures in the low to mid-twenties and the weekend will be largely the same, with the chance of an odd light shower.

Into the weekend, Met Éireann is predicting “warm and mostly sunny conditions” on Saturday, with temperatures hitting up to 28 degrees and cloudier, cooler weather on Sunday.

Early indications are that the good weather will continue for most of next week.

A national drought warning has been extended until next Wednesday, with Met Éireann saying that the weather will exacerbate drought conditions.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack said that the outlook for the rest of the week, the weekend and the next week is dry weather.

“We could be back into the mid 20s or perhaps the high 20s at the weekend, and into next week as well,” she said.

When asked exactly why Ireland has been enjoying such good weather in recent times, Cusack cited the weather system that came up from the Azores and added “there’s no reason as such, there’s just variability”.

Cusack said that how the current weather system has operated is similar to that of the recent Storm Emma, albeit with warm, sunny weather instead of snowy weather.

“We’ve had everything now over the past nine months,” she said.

Also speaking on RTÉ was Kate Gannon, corporate affairs manager at Irish Water.

She said that tomorrow’s nationwide hosepipe ban will mean that there will be a number of things that people can’t do for the month of July, such as watering their garden with a hose, or washing their car in a similar fashion.

“Effectively, it’s asking people to stop using water for non-essential use,” she said.

Gannon said that, since Dublin’s hosepipe ban came into effect, Irish Water had seen a “positive trend” in people conserving water.

However, even with the small pockets of rain across the country today, the situation doesn’t look like stabilising anytime soon.

“There’s been little or no rainfall for the past 30 days,” she said. “And there’s little to no rain forecast for the next 10 days… Even if it did start to rain, and it kept raining all through next week and the week after, it would be days or weeks of it before the water reaches the rivers, lakes and wells.”

With reporting from Sean Murray

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