There’ll be no let up to the good weather this coming week as hot, dry and sunny conditions prevail.
It’s time to make plans for festival trips, BBQs and beach days as Donegal enjoys another blissful sunny weekend.
Temperatures will reach the high 20s, maximum 28C, and there will be a fresher feel in the air with a light wind.
This means that Ballyliffin will be looking its best in more sunshine during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Forecasters say the warm spell is set to last as far their systems can measure. At least ten days of more hot weather is in store and there is no sign of temperatures cooling down.
However, drought conditions are continuing to cause problems. The Status Yellow drought warning is in place until 11th July and Irish Water are urging customers to converse water in any way possible.
A National Water Conservation Order commonly referred to as a hosepipe ban will be in place from 8am on Friday, 6 July until midnight on Tuesday, 31 July 2018.
The order has been issued due to the continued drought conditions and to help protect water supplies now and over the coming months. Met Éireann has advised that there has been little or no rain over the last 30 days and predictions show no significant rainfall is likely for at least a further week, meaning deepening drought conditions. High levels of sunlight means significant evaporation levels on water sources. The average soil moisture deficit is currently 60mm nationally.
Under the Water Conservation Order the prohibited uses are as follows:
Use of water drawn through a hosepipe or similar apparatus for the purpose of –
- watering a garden
- cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a domestic hosepipe
- cleaning a private leisure boat
- filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool (except when using hand held containers filled directly from a tap)
- filling or maintaining a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds)
- filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes)
- filling or replenishing an artificial pond, lake or similar application
This prohibition will apply from 8am on Friday, 6 July 2018 until midnight 31 July 2018. The Irish Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) does not apply to private wells or private group water schemes.