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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Amber warning for ‘extreme heat’ issued

The MET office has issued an amber weather warning for ‘extreme heat’ as temperatures continue to soar throughout Northern Ireland.

Over the weekend, Northern Ireland basked in wall to wall sunshine with the highest ever temperature recorded in the province on Saturday at 31.2°C.

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This will be the first time the ‘extreme heat’ weather warning will be used since its introduction in June this year.

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The weather warning comes into effect on Wednesday at 8 am through to Friday evening. Temperatures are expected to reach the high 20’s, possibly tipping into the 30’s.

  • Adverse health effects are likely to be experienced by those vulnerable to extreme heat.
  • The wider population are likely to experience some adverse health effects including sunburn or heat exhaustion (dehydration, nausea, fatigue) and other heat related illnesses.
  • Ongoing pressures on water resources.
  • An increased chance that some heat-sensitive systems and equipment may fail, leading to power cuts and the loss of other services to some homes and businesses.
  • More people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers leading to an increased risk of water safety incidents.
  • Some delays to road, rail and air travel are possible, with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays.
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