No end in sight to this week’s heatwave

Met Éireann says there’s no end in sight to the heatwave.

A yellow high temperature warning is in place nationwide, with temperatures expected to remain in the twenties until at least next weekend.

Today it’s expected to hit 27 degrees, with hazy sunshine across the country.

Met Eireann Forecaster Pat Clarke says people need to be prepared for the warm weather to last:

As temperatures continue to soar this week, safety messages are being issued to anyone going near open water.

The Coast Guard, Irish Water Safety and the RNLI are warning that water temperatures are still challenging and we always need to be alert.

The RNLI’s Owen Medland says swim within your depth – in a life-guard controlled area – and always wear a lifejacket on the water.

Farmers say crops are already starting to suffer and they’re having difficulty keeping animals hydrated.

President of the Irish Farmers Association Joe Healy says the conditions are very challenging: