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Thursday 15 November 2018

Heat is on with temperatures set to hit 29C

Home from New Zealand and enjoying a dip at the Forty Foot, Sandycove, are James Russell with sons Flynn (10) and Paddy (8)
Home from New Zealand and enjoying a dip at the Forty Foot, Sandycove, are James Russell with sons Flynn (10) and Paddy (8)

It might not feel like it, but the summer is making a comeback. Experts have forecast heatwave conditions next week.

While it's a little early to predict exactly how high the temperatures will soar, Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said they will be on the rise as the week progresses.

"By this time next week, Wednesday or Thursday, temperatures could reach 28C or 29C, but it's too early to say for definite," she said.

Settled

"It will gradually get warmer over the week. We are experiencing high pressure, so inland will be warmer."

The technical definition of a heatwave is five consecutive days of temperatures over 20C.

Although they can't promise a heatwave, the forecaster is predicting improved conditions, warm weather and a long, settled spell.

The good weather will be a welcome relief after Storm Hector.

The forecast settled weather is part of the anti-cyclone that is currently over the country - the weather phenomenon completely opposite to that of a storm, like the one that left 140,000 homes and businesses without power only last week.

While it's always important to lather sun cream on yourself, pet owners have been warned to look out for their furry friends.

Cats are particularly vulnerable in the sun, and ahead of the improved weather the organisation Village Vets was yesterday recommending rubbing factor 50 sun cream on their ears, which can develop skin cancer.

It's also important to make sure your garden has plenty of shaded areas for your cat to lie in to keep cool, and to keep a supply of fresh water outside in the shade to help it keep hydrated.

Today is set to be a clear, sunny day.

Temperatures will reach 23C in places on Saturday, with the midlands and south set for the warmest conditions.

Sunday will to be even better, with "long spells of hazy sunshine" leading to temperatures in the range of 19C to 24C.

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