Galway is set to remain one of the hottest spots in the country this week, as Met Eireann has confirmed that temperatures will stay in the high twenties for the coming days.
Huge crowds have descended on local landmarks, including Eyre Square, the Spanish Arch and SalthillPromenade, since the onset of the seasonal ‘heatwave’ on Sunday and visitors are expected to flock to the city and county this weekend, providing a much-needed boost for local traders.
One of the main attractions for many this week was the arrival of the largest privately owned residential yacht, ‘The World’ into Galway Harbour on Monday afternoon. The impressive 644-foot ship was visiting Galway on the third leg of its Irish tour. It is home to 165 luxury private residences, believed to cost in the region of €3 million each. The residents, hailing from 19 countries, were expected to take in iconic sites such as Kylemore Abbey and Cnoc Suain in Spiddal during their visit, which marks The World’s second visit to Ireland in three years.
The prolonged dry spell is also proving good news for business, with Galway Chamber CEO Michael Coyle saying it had provided a boost to consumer confidence in the city.
“It has a very positive impact on people’s psyche I think. It tends to put people into good form and when they are in good form, they are better disposed towards spending, shopping and impulse spending, which all bodes very well for business,” he said.
“The arrival of ‘The World’ ship has created a curiosity factor as well so there’s a lot of people around enjoying the weather and shaking off the shackles of what has been a colder than usual spring!”
And, it is looking like good news for the rest of the week. A spokesperson for the national meteorological service said that conditions would remain “warm, dry and sunny”, with temperatures expected to reach up to between 28 and 29 degrees Celsius in inland areas today (Wednesday). Coastal areas are also anticipated to be in the “mid to high twenties” with a light wind and a slight risk of sea fog.
On Thursday and Friday, temperatures are expected to remain in the high twenties, reaching a peak of between 27 and 28 degrees Celsius, but dropping to between 14 and 17 degrees at night.
While the forecast is positive for the weekend, with conditions expected to remain sunny, temperatures will drop to between 20 and 22 degrees Celsius and sun worshippers are warned that there will be a “small chance” of showers due to weak frontal system moving in.
Meanwhile, NUI Galway has just released an iPhone app to keep Galwegians up-to-date on local weather and weather trends.
The Android version of the app was released last year but, due to demand, the iPhone version was developed by NUI graduate Ronan Everiss, under the supervision of Dr Hugh Melvin.
The weather data is provided by the Informatics Research Unit for Sustainable Engineering research group at NUI Galway.
“Local weather data is used on campus across a range of research projects, from renewable energy to plant growth to climate change but we feel it is also important to provide such data to the general public, and after all, ‘The Weather’ provides the greatest source of conversation in Ireland. When we launched the android app last year, we were delighted with the positive feedback and level of interest, and recognised the need to create a similar app for iPhone users,” said Dr Hugh Melvin, Lecturer in Information Technology at NUI Galway.
The app is free and can be found by searching ‘NUIG Weather’ in the Apple app store. The app provides live weather data (such as temperature, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall and atmospheric pressure), as well as graphs of archived data. The weather data is also available via web browser from http://weather.nuigalway.ie.