Hot and dry this week with temperatures to reach 23 degrees on Tuesday

Irish Water warns of potential shortages as 'no significant rain' expected until Friday

Eliza Darcy from Palmerstown, Dublin pictured with the wild flowers in Howth on Sunday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Eliza Darcy from Palmerstown, Dublin pictured with the wild flowers in Howth on Sunday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

 

Hot and dry weather is expected over the next couple of days, which will be a welcome boost for the hospitality sector as outdoor dining continues.

Last week’s unsettled weather will be replaced by mainly dry and sunny weather, according to Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe.

Monday will see a mix of clouds and sunny spells. “Temperatures will reach 19 to 21 degrees,” said Ms Lowe.

Tuesday is set to be even hotter, with temperatures reaching 22 to23 degrees. It will also be dry and sunny.

“On Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures will reach the low to mid 20s, and it will basically be dry, but there is a risk of showers,” she added.

The nights will also begin to get warmer. “It had been quite cold at night for this time of year, up until now.”

However, the good weather is not set to last as it is only going to stay dry until Thursday.

On Friday, there will be rain in the south and southwest, which will become widespread across the rest of the country by nightfall.

Ms Lowe added that the lack of rainfall this week could spell trouble for those affected by drought.

“There will be no significant rain until Friday,” she warned. “Any conditions which are already there will be exacerbated.”

Meanwhile, Irish Water has expressed concern that an increase in staycations this summer will put pressure on the water supply.

It said there could be a water shortage, and urged customers to save water where they can.

“As demand increases, we are appealing to the public to redouble their efforts in conserving water in the home, in the garden, at work and on the farm, especially during the busy months of July and August, when staycations will be at a peak and demand is expected to soar,” said Tom Cuddy, Irish Water’s head of asset operations.