A status yellow high-temperature warning has been issued for Leinster and Munster.
Status Yellow - High Temperature warning for Leinster & Munster ⚠️
• Heat stress, especially for the more vulnerable of the population
• High Solar UV index
• Risk of water related incidents
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) August 9, 2022
It will be in place from midday on Thursday until 6am on Sunday morning with Met Eireann saying temperatures could reach as high as 29 degrees
A weather advisory for the entire country is in place for hot weather until Monday.
Heatwaves will be more common in years to come due to man-made climate change.
Water supplies are under pressure in 60 parts of the country as the hot weather continues.
Irish Water Head of Asset Operations Tom Cuddy said the utility has already had to take action in 13 areas.
He said Ireland has had a dry year so far, with the driest conditions in the midlands and south of the country.
Mr Cuddy said holiday hotspots and agricultural areas are under the most pressure as the hot weather continues.
In the 13 areas that are most at risk, he said Irish Water was focused on “interventions that have low or no impact on people”.
“In some cases, we’re tankering water to reservoirs at night-time from supplies that have sufficient water,” he said.
“We’re applying pressure reduction where appropriate, particularly at night-time. We’re bringing online some backup sources that may have been offline for a while.
“We’re also cross-connecting adjacent schemes so we may be able to supply or change the boundaries between different schemes.
“We’re sweating the assets we have. Optimising our use of our treatment plants and public stations.”