Cork City, also known as the “Leeisders”, is waking up to a cloudy and drizzly morning. The clear and sunny conditions that the city has been experiencing over the past few weeks are becoming less frequent. According to Met Eireann, the national meteorological service, today’s temperature will peak at around 21°C, with humidity and rain expected throughout the day. Tonight, the weather will remain “very mild and humid,” and temperatures are set to rise to 25°C on Saturday. The longer-term outlooks suggest that temperatures will continue to increase, with one day possibly reaching 28°C. Met Eireann predicts that next week will be hot both day and night, with some thundery downpours in certain areas.
Weather Alerts Ireland, a weather forecasting service, also predicts that the overnight temperatures will stay in the mid-teens, according to the latest ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) models. They added that “next week could well be hotter than this week with a risk of thunderstorms! Warm air is forecast on the evening ECMWF model to push up over Ireland next week. Temperatures of 28 degrees are forecast. Overnight temperatures sticking in the mid-teens. There will be a risk of some intense thunderstorms next week also as it will be humid. This humidity will make it feel muggy! Some uncertainty on this yet so please keep an eye on forecasts by Weather Alerts Ireland.”
The weather in Cork City has been unpredictable in recent weeks, with some days being hot and sunny, while others are cloudy and rainy. This variability can be attributed to the changing weather patterns that the city has been experiencing. While the temperatures are expected to remain high over the next few days, there is a possibility of thunderstorms in some areas.
The hot weather can be a cause for concern, especially for those who are vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. The HSE has issued a warning to the public to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. They advise staying indoors during the hottest part of the day, keeping hydrated, wearing light clothing, and avoiding strenuous activities.
The hot weather is also a cause for celebration for some businesses in Cork City. Ice cream shops, cafes, and restaurants are experiencing an increase in foot traffic as people look for ways to cool down. The city’s parks and beaches are also popular destinations for those looking to enjoy the sun.
However, the hot weather is not without its downsides. The dry conditions increase the risk of wildfires, and the humidity can make it uncomfortable for some people. The city’s infrastructure is also under strain, with the increased demand for electricity and water.
The changing weather patterns are a cause for concern for environmentalists, who warn that climate change is responsible for the extreme weather conditions that the city is experiencing. They argue that urgent action is needed to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.
In conclusion, Cork City is experiencing a change in weather patterns, with the clear and sunny conditions becoming less frequent. The temperatures are expected to remain high over the next few days, with a possibility of thunderstorms in some areas. The hot weather is a cause for concern for some, but a cause for celebration for others. The changing weather patterns are a reminder of the urgent need to address climate change.