Cork weather update for the weekend with warnings issued to swimmers

Cork weather update for the weekend with warnings issued to swimmers
Cathal Mc Gowran jumping into Cork Harbour from a pedestrian bridge at Cobh. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Short shorts and rainjackets seem to be the outfit of the week as the sunshine is to drift into cloudy, muggy weather at the weekend.

Met Éireann is predicting a cloudy Saturday in Cork with some spots of light rain or drizzle although temperatures are set to remain high with 17 to 21 degrees of heat expected in light to moderate northwest breezes.

This heat is meant to drop out before nightfall with evening temperatures ranging from 11 to 14 degrees.

Sunday is thought to be a cloudy day across Munster, particularly in the south of the country, with light rain and drizzle in places.

This is said to clear Sunday night with light wind, low temperatures and clear skies leading into Monday.

In light of the relatively bright and breezy weekend, Water Safety Ireland has released a water warning to anyone who might be considering a dip in the sea over the next few days.

Dawn breaks across Courtmacsherry bay in West Cork. Picture: Martin Walsh.
Dawn breaks across Courtmacsherry bay in West Cork. Picture: Martin Walsh.

A spokesperson for the organisation said that 103 people, made up of 79 males and 24 females, drowned last year and 29 of those deaths occurred in Munster.

Sixty-eight of these drownings were accidental, 24, intentional and 11 undetermined.

“Water Safety Ireland is asking people to swim at lifeguarded waterways this weekend.” 

The organisation outlined a number of ways to stay safe in the water and to keep others safe too.

1. Swim at lifeguarded waterways - listed at http://www.iws.ie/bathing-areas/map.372.html 2. Swim within your depth, stay within your depth.

3. Escape a rip current by swimming parallel to shore instead of swimming against it:

http://www.iws.ie/beach/rip-current-safety.328.html 4. Never use inflatable toys in open water.

5. Wear a lifejacket when boating or fishing from shore.

6. Supervise children at all times near water.

Finally, if you see someone in difficulty, shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore, before reaching out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing, however, do not enter the water yourself.

If a ring buoy is available or any floating object, throw it to the person in difficulty and call 112 for the Coastguard.

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