Met Éireann has issued a warning of drought, or near-drought conditions, for the entire country, as temperatures remained high in most parts of the country.
‘With little or no rain forecast for most areas over the coming week, drought or near-drought conditions are expected to develop more widely across Ireland,’ said a spokesperson for Met Éireann, which has issued a Status Yellow advisory notice that is valid until Friday, July 6th.
Temperatures exceeded 30 degrees in some part of the country over the last few days, but they are expected to drop to the mid-20s over the weekend.
However, with demand for water on the increase, Irish Water has imposed use restrictions in Dublin and it is possible that these water restrictions could be extended.
Nationally, Irish Water identified 100 water supply schemes around the country that were now at risk, including Cork County.
Irish Water’s corporate affairs manager, Kate Gannon, said more severe restrictions could become unavoidable if the dry weather persists, and she said: ‘Irish Water are appealing to the public to be continue to be mindful of their water usage.’