Heat Wave in U.K. and Ireland to Continue

By Anna Breuer on 4 July 2018
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County Clare, Ireland

County Clare, Ireland

The United Kingdom and Ireland are likely to swelter on and off for another two weeks, forecasters said, as much of the region’s “green and pleasant land” continues to turn brown.

Meanwhile, a brief reprieve is forecast in the north for Wednesday and Thursday with hot temperatures returning for the weekend.

The region, which is not used to days of sunny blue skies, has seen dry weather and temperatures of 86° F (30° C) or higher over the past week with little sign of abating.   Britain reported the second hottest June after the record setting 1976 heat wave during which the region experienced 16 consecutive days when the temperature was 86° F (30° C) or higher.

The county of Greater London as well as the surrounding region reported a rainfall total for June that was just 6% of the average, according to the Met Office. One county. Essex, had no rain at all. Local newspapers and social media reported that some roads in Ireland and the United Kingdom were “melting like chocolate” with the roads’ surface temperatures reaching 125° F (52° C).

Meanwhile, Irish Water announced a nationwide ban on the use of hoses for watering gardens, washing cars, or filling pools. The ban had already gone into effect in Dublin on Monday.

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