Officials issue URGENT warning as Met Eireann say scorching weather is on the cards

24th May 18 | News

A 'high risk - be prepared' warning has been issued.

The Department of Agriculture has issued an orange fire warning as mercury is set to rise in Ireland this week.

Temperatures are set to reach 25C or higher in the coming days alongside long spells of dry and sunny weather. 

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine said the alert will remain in place until May 30th.

They said in a statement:

“Arising from current and forecast weather associated with Atlantic high pressure systems, a high fire risk is forecast in all areas where hazardous fuels exist.

This risk is projected to increase significantly within the next 48 hours, and then to be sustained past the weekend and into the coming week.

An increased ignition risk is associated with increased human activity in high risk areas owing to fine weather, particularly areas associated with turf cutting activities and areas adjacent to urban centres.

Recently increased live growth in upland vegetation, low to moderate wind speeds and localised high humidity may moderate fire behaviour where conditions permit.”