People urged to wear sunscreen as mini-heatwave expected

by Kim O Leary
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By Kim O’Leary

Dubliners are being urged to wear sunscreen and to keep hydrated this weekend as a sizzling Mediterranean type mini-heatwave comes up from an Azores High which will see temperatures rise as high as 27C.

The warm weather is set to roll in from today onwards with tomorrow forecast to be another warm day with even better sunny spells on the horizon.

Met Eireann has told the public to expect a mini-heatwave which will “be very warm with long sunny spells while holding largely dry. Highest temperatures will widely be in the mid-twenties, possibly higher locally.”

And renowned weather expert Alan O’Reilly of Carlow Weather has predicted that the mercury could reach 27 degrees this weekend.

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Hand in hand with the chance for Irish families to decamp to beaches and the outdoors comes a warning from the Irish Cancer Society which is urging families to take care while in the sun over the weekend.

The organisation’s tips for people is to mind their skin in the sun by seeking shade, wearing covering clothes, a hat and sunglasses as well as sunscreen on exposed skin.

The Society points out that skin cancer is the most common form of the disease in Ireland, claiming more than 230 lives annually.

Professor Anne-Marie Tobin, consultant dermatologist at Tallaght University Hospital, also emphasised that UV radiation from the sun can be very harmful.

Speaking to the Dublin Gazette yesterday she said: “In dermatology, almost half the work we do refers to skin cancer – yet it’s one of the most preventable forms of cancer. UV radiation can be very harmful for children in particular and can cause skin cancer later on in life. I would urge everyone to take precautions and wear sunscreen this weekend,” she stressed.

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