By Kim O’Leary
Met Eireann have forecast that temperatures could reach as high as 30C for Dublin and other coastal areas as the heatwave continues.
Met Eireann forecaster Liz Walsh has said that temperatures may rise above 30C during the week.
She said: “Sunday was looking like (the hottest day), but maybe Wednesday now as well, it looks like a hot one. I think we will reach 28C on all of the next four days, everyday.
“It is a heatwave, we classify five days above 25C as a heatwave. So we are in it at the moment, it is a heatwave.”
According to Met Eireann forecasters, Tuesday is expected to be very warm with patchy clouds at time and mercury hitting a sizzling 28C to 29C.
Tuesday night is set to be warm and humid with temperatures remaining above 14C to 17C.
The national forecaster continued: “Warm and humid on Monday night with mostly clear skies but with cloudier conditions along the north coast.
“Temperatures dropping no lower than 14 to 17 degrees generally in light northeast breezes.”
Meanwhile it’s set to remain uncomfortably warm at night as people struggle to sleep due to the unusual humidity at night.
People are being urged to watch out for the vulnerable in their homes during the hot evenings as it can be difficult for young children, elderly people and pets.
According to Professor Anne-Marie Tobin, people should use sunscreen at all times during the heatwave, even under cloudy skies as UV radiation can still be high.
“Adults should use factor 30 sunscreen and children should use factor 50. I would recommend putting the sunscreen on your face, hands, neck, anywhere not covered by clothes. Even when it is cloudy it is quite dangerous with the UV radiation, and the risk of developing non-melanoma (skin cancer) can come from a blistering sunburn in childhood which can lead to cancer later in life,” she said.
According to Professor Tobin, the symptoms of skin cancer include redness and itchiness, an open sore that bleeds, oozes or crusts over, and possible changes in the surface of a mole.
For more information on skin cancer visit Skin cancer | Irish Cancer Society