Red Sky – Yellow Warning from Met Éireann

Up to last evening the water was no more than a few millimeters up the neck of the bottle. Look at it this morning and I’ve never seen it sweat like that before. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Adopting the Weather- Adapting to the conditions: A bunch of young soccer players indulging in a spot of water sports after a downpour at the annual Kerry Diocesan Youth Service / Garda Soccer League in Castleisland in 2012. Included are: Mikey Prendiville, Mikey Broderick, Darren Maunsell, Ethan Reidy, Ben Cooney, Johnny Costello and Dominic Prendiville. ©Photograph: John Reidy 4-7-2012

Met Éireann and my own weather crock certainly agree with the old maxim: Red Sky at Night – Shepherd’s Delight to the extent that Ireland’s long standing forecasters have issued a Status Yellow warning for today.

For once the warning is for a mixture of heat and heavy or thundery downpours and both are well capable of doing harm in equal measure.

Met Éireann can only issue the warnings. It’s then up to us to heed them and take the appropriate steps to protect ourselves and those in our care or neighbourhood.

The following is the forecast from today to Tuesday.

Today – Thursday 27th June

It will be another mostly dry and sunny day with the risk of isolated heavy or possibly thundery showers in the southwest. Top temperatures will reach of 25 to 28 degrees in moderate to fresh easterly breezes.

Tonight – Thursday 27th June

Tonight will be mostly dry with just the risk of an isolated shower in the southwest. It will be a mild and humid with lowest temperatures staying around 14 to 17 degrees in mainly moderate easterly breezes but fresh near coasts.

Pollen Forecast – High. Solar UV Index Very high.

Tomorrow – Friday 28th June

Tomorrow, Friday will continue very warm with good sunny spells. There will be some showers early on and showers could turn heavy, possibly thundery later in the day. Top temperatures reaching of 22 to 27 degrees, but a few degrees lower along south coast in onshore moderate southeasterly breeze.

National Outlook

Headline: Turning unsettled over the weekend and not so warm from Sunday onwards with near normal temperatures for the early days of next week.
Friday Night
Friday night will continue mild and humid with lowest temperatures staying around 12 to 17 degrees. There will be outbreaks of showery rain at first with the risk of some heavy or possibly thundery bursts later. Light to moderate south to southeast breezes will veer southwesterly by morning.
Saturday will still be warm with top temperatures around 20 to 25 degrees, but slightly cooler in the southwest and near west coasts in light to moderate south to southwest breezes, fresh along Atlantic coasts. There will be scattered showers with some sunny spells. However, showers are likely to be heavy or thundery, especially over the eastern half of the country.
Saturday Night
Saturday night will see further scattered showers, some heavy in the east and north. Lowest temperatures remaining around 12 to 15 degrees in light to moderate southwesterly breezes freshening later.
Sunday will be a slightly fresher and breezier day as southwest to westerly winds increase fresh and gusty, strong near Atlantic coasts. Top temperature will drop to around 17 to 20 degrees, warmest in the east. There will be scattered showers and some sunny spells, showers will be more frequent and heavier in the northwest and north.
Monday will see further scattered showers with a few sunny spells. Temperatures will return to more normal values for the time of year with highs of 16 to 20 degrees in moderate to fresh west to northwest breezes.
Indications for Tuesday
Current indications suggest for Tuesday and Wednesday somewhat more settled conditions with just isolated showers and temperatures close to normal or slightly above.

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