Clare Swimmers Warned To Be Aware Of Riptides As Heatwave Gets Underway

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Clare swimmers are being warned of possible riptides on the county’s beaches as the heatwave gets into full swing.

Temperatures are approaching 30 degrees across the Banner this afternoon, and are set to remain that way for the next number of days.

The mercury is hitting around 27 degrees in parts of Clare this lunchtime, including the likes of Ennis and Shannon, though things are slightly cooler in the West of the county.


Met Eireann has issued a fresh warning for high temperatures nationwide, which is valid until Sunday morning.

The forecaster says there’s a risk of heat stress and water-related incidents.

Met Eireann’s Michelle Dillon, who’s originally from Tullycrine, outlines what people can expect over the next number of days.

The Department of Agriculture has also issued an orange forest fire warning until next Tuesday as temperatures continue to rise.

It’s understood units have already dealt with incidents in the East of the county in recent days.

Acting Clare Chief Fire Officer Denis O’Connell is asking people to be aware of potential dangers to avoid placing strain on the service during the heatwave.

People are also being urged to be mindful of rip currents in coastal areas in the West of the county.

Incidents have already been reported in Doonbeg and Spanish Point this week, with the latter having particularly strong currents spotted over the last number of days.

Patrick ‘Preacher’ Keane, of the White Water Surf Company in Spanish Point says people need to enjoy the warm weather cautiously.