Ireland is set to experience a mini-heatwave with temperatures expected to soar above 20 degrees. While this weekend will start off warm, temperatures are expected to drop slightly on Sunday. Met Eireann has also warned of a high level of UV rays today and tomorrow, which can be damaging to your skin. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can lead to skin cancer.
To stay safe in the sun, Met Eireann has issued the following tips: slip on clothing, slop on sunscreen (use sun protection factor (SPF) 30 for adults and 50 for children), slap on a wide-brimmed hat, seek shade during midday hours, and slide-on sunglasses (wraparounds are best).
Today will be dry with sunny spells and cloud with temperatures ranging from 17 to 19 degrees. Tonight will be mostly clear and calm with the lowest temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees. Tomorrow will be mostly dry with a mix of cloud and some sunny spells with a slight chance of an isolated shower. Temperatures will be around 19 to 20 degrees.
The national outlook states that Saturday night will be dry after any lingering showers die out, with variable cloud cover and some clear spells. Lowest temperatures will range from 7 to 11 degrees with light northerly winds. Sunday will be cooler with highs generally between 14 and 18 degrees, although temperatures may struggle to reach the teens in the north. It will be mainly dry and quite cloudy with the chance of a shower in the south. Turning mostly sunny later in the afternoon. Sunday night will be cool with lowest temperatures ranging from 4 to 7 degrees. It will be a dry, clear night with light northeasterly breezes.
Monday will have good sunny spells with just a little cloud building during the day. Highs will range from 17 to 20 or 21 degrees, warmest over the western half of the country and coolest along the eastern coast with a light to moderate easterly wind.
It is important to take precautions against the sun’s harmful rays, especially during a heatwave. Remember to stay hydrated and wear protective clothing and sunscreen when outdoors.