Heatwave on its way

Break out the suncream

High of 29 degrees forecast

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Another warm and humid day with some sunshine  in Leitrim

Long spells of sunshine are predicted.

Today marks the start of a heatwave across Ireland with temperatures expected to reach a high of 29 degrees in the coming days.

Saturday will be dry and mostly sunny with light variable breezes. There'll be a bit more cloud at times in northern parts of Ulster and Connacht. Highest temperatures of 17 to 23 degrees, coolest on Connacht and Ulster coasts, warmest in inland parts of Leinster and Munster.

Tonight will be dry and mostly clear. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.

Tomorrow, Sunday, will continue warm, dry and mostly sunny with light variable breezes. Highest temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees.

Meanwhile, the Irish Cancer Society is urging the public to take measures to protect their skin and follow the SunSmart code.

Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said, “With the onset of increasing temperatures, it is vital that people take pre-cautions to reduce their risk of sun damage.

“It is especially important to protect babies and children as much of the UV damage that leads to skin cancer takes place in the early years of life. Research has shown that getting sunburnt in childhood or adolescence can increase the risk of melanoma--the most serious form of skin cancer. Tanned skin is damaged skin. The tan a child gets may fade but the damage remains.

“By protecting children and young people’s skin when they are outdoors you can reduce their risk of developing skin cancer in years to come. But, using sunscreen alone is not enough so make sure to follow the full SunSmart code to ensure maximum protection.”

The SunSmart Code:

SEEK SHADE: when UV rays are at their strongest – generally between 11am and 3pm.
COVER UP: by wearing a shirt with a collar and long shorts.  Also wear a hat that gives shade to your face, neck and ears.
WEAR WRAPAROUND SUNGLASSES: make sure they give UV protection.
SLOP ON SUNSCREEN: Use sunscreen SPF minimum 30 or higher and UVA protection 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every two hours – more often if swimming or perspiring.
CHECK the UV index – www.cancer.ie/uvindex
Keep babies under six months out of the sun.