Nation gets (welcome) weather warning

It’s the sizzle without the drizzle, the kind of heatwave we can usually only dream of, in fact it’s so damn hot, Met Éireann has devised a new weather alert.

Those who subscribe to the Twitter machine will have seen a “High Temperature” warning tweeted by Met Éireann yesterday, surely a first for this country.

We’re currently in the yellow zone, meaning we can expect temperatures in excess of 27C this week. In fact, Kerry Airport hit 30C yesterday, just three degrees shy of our all-time high (33.3C) recorded at Kilkenny Castle on Jun 26, 1887.

As Smyth’s Toy Store reported a run on paddling pools and warnings were issued about sunstroke and bush fires, there were also rumours of potential water shortages.

Meanwhile, the weather guru who predicted the precise dates of our summer scorcher has forecast that the temperatures won’t drop until September.

Back in January, Ken Ring set out in his weather almanac that there would be a 10-day heatwave at the start of July, with temperatures running up to 30C.

The New Zealand TV forecaster, who predicted the deadly Christchurch earthquake and Ireland’s arctic winter in 2010, also correctly forecast a blisteringly cold March for 2013.

Ring, who uses the moon, sun and tidal activity to make his forecast months in advance, forecast a summer scorcher reminiscent of 1995 in July and August.

He said yesterday that he is standing by his prediction that the Mediterranean-style weather will continue into the next two months.

“Most of August should be mostly dry and warm, with only a handful of rain days, give or take a day either side of the 7th and 21st. The second and last weeks should be the hottest weeks of August.

“In July expect a drop in temperature (16C-19C) between the 12th-18th. Then temperatures should return to the above-20s from the 19th onwards. There are also chances of widespread rain after the 20th.”

But he said the temperatures won’t subside until after Sept 11.

He said yesterday he believes the moon has a strong influence on the weather.

“I believe the moon is responsible for the timing of weather events, just as for the timing of the sea tide.

“Met services refuse to consider the moon might have any influence on the air, so for this type of long-range forecasting, it is necessary to use older and more traditional methods.

“I match present weather to historic weather that happened on equivalent moon cycle days. I have historical data for all counties in Ireland.”


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