Ireland could see record temperatures on Monday with some models suggesting highs near 34 degrees Celsius.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Ireland was 33.3 degrees at Kilkenny Castle in June 1887.
That record is under threat with Met Éireann warning that temperatures of 32 degrees and possibly above are likely on Monday and Tuesday, before cooler air arrives.
The forecaster issued a national status yellow warning for “unusually hot weather”, valid from 6am Sunday to 9pm Tuesday.
⚠️Status Yellow – High Temperature Warning for Ireland ⚠️
Exceptionally hot weather on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday over Ireland, daytime temperatures of 25°C to 30°C 🌡️
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) July 15, 2022
The latest models from Global Forecast Systems and ICON-EU, Germany’s weather service, show temperatures exceeding the 33 degree mark in parts of South Dublin and North Kildare and around the Foynes Estuary in Co. Clear Monday.
UK-based independent weather service Netweather has readings of 34 degrees in the South Midlands.
The European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts has highs of over 32 degrees on Monday for the South Midlands.
Met Éireann meteorologist Paul Downes said the country would certainly close in on the record on Monday.
“When you get close to that kind of temperature, there’s room for it. [a new record]“, he told the Irish Examiner.
The weather may be welcomed by some, but it comes with warnings – not only about the impact of climate change on global weather conditions, but also about the risk of overheating and dehydration.
“We have more deaths from warm temperatures like this than from the winter storms that we pay so much attention to,” Mr Downes said.
The short heatwave is likely to lead to uncomfortable nights, with temperatures in the 20s or 20s.
⚠️⚠️🔴 Extreme heat red alert issued 🔴⚠️⚠️
Parts of England on Mondays and Tuesdays
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— Met Office (@metoffice) July 15, 2022
Mr Downes said this summer in Europe has been marked by “heat wave after heat wave”, although Ireland’s maritime climate has so far moderated the excessive heat.
The world has already warmed by around 1.1 degrees since the end of the 18th century and scientists predict that temperatures will continue to rise unless governments drastically reduce carbon emissions.
Wildfires raged in France, Portugal, Spain and Croatia, burning homes and threatening livelihoods, as the heatwave pushed temperatures into the mid-40s in some areas.
Meanwhile, the UK Met Office ddeclared a national emergency, issuing a red ‘extreme heat’ warning for parts of England for Monday and Tuesday next week when temperatures could reach record highs.