Thunderstorm warning for seven counties amid high temperature warning for Leinster – The Irish Times

A yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued for seven counties as near-record temperatures come to an end.

Met Éireann has issued the alert for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford until 9pm on Tuesday.

There is a possibility of heavy downpours in these areas with some localized flooding.

A yellow temperature warning remains in place for Leinster as temperatures are expected to reach 25-28 degrees on Tuesday.

However, it will be cooler elsewhere with temperatures only reaching 16 to 22 degrees. It will be mostly dry in the morning with showers expected Tuesday afternoon as clouds build up from the west. The weather will break Tuesday night to give more normal conditions.

The showers will continue throughout the night in the south and east of the country. A cooler night is also on the way with temperatures dropping across the country by 11 to 14 degrees with a light breeze from the northwest.

Ireland on Monday recorded its highest temperature in July and second-highest on record as a heat wave continued to sweep across Europe, causing bushfires and hundreds of deaths.

The 33.1 degrees recorded in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Monday was just 0.2 degrees below the 33.3 degrees recorded at Kilkenny Castle on June 26, 1887. It’s a value that has held for 135 years, but has recently come under scrutiny from climatologists who question its veracity.

Two unofficial weather stations exceeded that temperature value on Monday. Callan in Co Kilkenny recorded 33.9 degrees and Trim 33.4 degrees. These are part of the Met Éireann Weather Observations Website (WOW) network of stations, but their observations are not officially recognized.

“That’s actually the highest record for July,” Met Éireann meteorologist Liz Gavin said of Monday’s Phoenix Park data. “The current temperature is the highest recorded in the 20th and 21st centuries, but for the 19th century we still have 33.3 for Kilkenny.”

At least eight weather stations yesterday recorded temperatures of 30 degrees or higher, well above the normal July range of between 18 and 20 degrees.

“What we’re seeing here in Ireland is just part of a bigger picture of rising extremes, rising temperatures and of course we know what’s driving climate change,” said Professor John Sweeney, a climatologist at the University of Ireland. of Maynoot.

With growing anxiety over global warming and extreme weather events, sweltering conditions continued across the continent.

Portugal, Spain and France have fought forest fires. Wales recorded its hottest day on record yesterday, topping 35 degrees, while temperatures soared to over 37 degrees in parts of southern England, and could reach 43 degrees today.

Temperatures will return closer to normal July levels for the rest of the week.

Even with early cooling, Seniors Minister Mary Butler advised the most vulnerable people, particularly those with poor health, to be mindful of heat stroke and exhaustion. “I urge older people, and anyone who cares for someone, to take steps to stay cool and hydrated and monitor for signs of dehydration,” she said.

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