HSE appeal to help elderly in hot weather
HSE warns people to walk on the shady side of the street and to check on neighbours
People taking to the beach in Bray Co Wicklow today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES
Temperatures passed early to mid 20s Celsius at all Met Éireann weather stations this lunchtime (except Malin Head, Co Donegal where it was only 15 degrees) and further rises are expected , with weekend levels of up to 29 degrees.
Much of the island is already officially in drought with the HSE advising the situation is “rapidly approaching the point where it becomes problematic”.
Elderly people have been advised to stay out of the afternoon sun, and the HSE has asked that neighbours check on the aged, infirm and parents or guardians do not leave the very young out in the sunshine for extended periods.
Dr Kevin Kelleher of the Health Protection and Health Promotion units of the HSE advised those out in the midday and afternoon sun to walk on the shady side of the street where possible to avoid sunburn.
A number of local authorities have asked consumers to conserve water supplies and while Dublin City Council said demand is currently exceeding production, stocks of water at reservoirs are good and not a cause of immediate concern. The authority said restrictions may be avoided if households refrain from activities like watering the lawn or washing cars.
In Cork, water shortages have already been reported in Freemount, Kildorrery and Allow Water schemes with Dunmanway, Clonakilty and Robert’s Cove are also experiencing increased consumption.
Traffic on all roads out of the main cities started building earlier this morning, according to the AA which has advised motorists tar is melting on many roads making driving conditions hazardous. Coastal and inland waterways are expected to be very busy this weekend placing additional demand on water supplies.
From 10pm tonight the M1 Dublin to Belfast motorway will close between Junction 14 Ardee and Junction 16 Dundalk East, until 4pm on Saturday. Northbound traffic will be diverted via the N33 Ardee Road and N52 Ardee/Dundalk Road. There will also be minor resurfacing works southbound after the M1 toll plaza.
In Cork, traffic management is in place on the South Ring Road eastbound at the Bandon Road roundabout until Wednesday. There has been a change to the road layout on the South Ring Road at the Sarsfield roundabout. In Galway road works will take place on the Barna / Salthill Road (R336) near Barna National School until Friday next and significant delays are expected.
Met Éireann said Saturday will be another sunny and very warm day with highs generally in the mid to high twenties with just a slight risk of isolated thunderstorms later. However heavy or thundery showers are likely in parts of Munster and Connacht from around noon on Sunday. These showers will extend into west Ulster on Sunday night. Temperatures will be down slightly on previous days and will range from 21 to 27 degrees with light easterly breezes. It will be coolest in the east.