Last week, June 30th, saw Met Eireann issue a status yellow, warm weather advisory warning for the whole of the country.
The advisory came with warnings of further dry and warm weather, with temperatures close to thirty degrees. This morning the National forecasters have extended the warning, with it now valid until Wednesday, July 11th.
Met Eireann have warned that further “dry and warm weather will continue” throughout the country, while also warning this will exacerbate drought conditions. The news comes as Irish Water extended their hosepipe ban to the entire country, warning the public to “conserve water now and for the months ahead”.
Water shortages have been reported in Leitrim, Galway, Roscommon, Tipperary, Cork, Kildare, Donegal, Clare and almost every other county in the country. The hosepipe ban, which was issued yesterday July 4th, will come into effect from Friday, July 6th at midnight and will remain in place until July 31st for domestic and non-commercial use.
They have warned that the average public demand for water has increased by 15%, leading to the ban, while thanking the public for their conservation efforts thus far.
“We thank the public for their conservation efforts so far and we urge them to continue to conserve water”, a statement from Irish Water read.