The Kilkenny Fire Service have urged local people to be careful as the hot weather increases the risks of fires breaking out.
Temperatures have soared this week, reaching heights of 28 degrees Celsius. While the heatwave has been welcomed by many, it also brings with it serious dangers, most notably that of fires.
Kieran Cormican, the Chief Fire Officer, said that there have already been “one or two” grass and gorse fires over the last week, and that the conditions meant the risk was much greater.
“I’d just advise people to be very careful if using fire if they are burning weeds or hedge cuttings,” he said, “and even disposing of cigarettes or using welding equipment or anything like that.”
Temperatures are expected to remain high right through the weekend, before cooling next week.