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Limerick judge’s warning over heat wave

Socks off! Cooling off in the heat were Ally Keane, Jordan Kelly and Tyreke McNamara as they dived into the waters near Athlunkard boat club - but they kept their socks on just in case! Picture: Michael Cowhey

Socks off! Cooling off in the heat were Ally Keane, Jordan Kelly and Tyreke McNamara as they dived into the waters near Athlunkard boat club - but they kept their socks on just in case! Picture: Michael Cowhey

  • by Anne Sheridan
 

WITH the current spell of good weather continuing, a Limerick judge has attributed the non-attendance of more than 30 people in court this week to the spell of settled conditions.

Met Éireann issued a status yellow weather warning on Wednesday as temperatures soared.

The current warm spell is expected to last over the weekend, thanks to a sustained spell of high pressure over the country.

However, bikinis and barbeques won’t be a permanent fixture on the Irish landscape as a return to more unsettled weather is expected at the start of next week.

With the school holidays getting underway and the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exams winding to a close today, Limerick City and County Council is reminding parents and children alike of the steps they should take to stay safe when spending time in the water.

“We want families and friends to enjoy their time together during the coming weeks and therefore, would appeal to the public in the city and county to be mindful of the importance of water safety awareness,” explained water safety development officer, Valerie Stundon.

“We are urging the public to only use the Local Authority manned life-guarded bathing places to ensure there are no tragedies during the remainder of the summer,” she said.

Meanwhile, a judge has attributed the good weather to the non-attendance of more than 30 people in court this week.

Around three dozen bench warrants were issued by Judge Eugene O’Kelly on Tuesday and Wednesday. The judge commented there appeared to be a correlation with the high rate of non-attendance and the good weather.

However, he warned if people decide to “just turn up on a rainy day” they can expected to remanded in custody unless they pay a cash lodgement to secure bail.

“If they wish to come in on a rainy day they should realise they must have cash” he said.

Spinning classes at the University of Limerick Arena were taken outside during the hot spell, but soaring temperatures doesn’t spell heaven for everyone.

Age Action is advising people to check on their elderly neighbours who could be adversely affected by the sudden surge in temperature.

Geraldine Nardonne, of the Limerick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, urged horse owners to ensure their animals are well-watered in the hot weather. Ms Nardonne said if anyone sees any horse struggling to contact 061-415618.

 

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