DUBLIN, Ireland: Following a month of record-breaking heat, a high fire risk warning has been issued by the Department of Agriculture.
The temperature reached 29.2c at the Oak Park weather station in Co Carlow, as Ireland experienced its hottest day in August since 2003.
Authorities have said that the 'Condition Orange - High Fire Risk' warning will continue until next week due to the risk of wildfires.
The warning states that "likely outbreaks of fire" are possible, urging farmers and those living in rural areas to be "extremely vigilant" and report any fire or suspicious activities to the police.
"A high-pressure system currently positioned over Ireland will influence high air temperatures, low daytime humidity and light wind speeds during the rest of this week and into the weekend," the department said.
The heat has led to alerts about possible wildfires, especially in areas with dead grass and shrubbery which fuel fires.
Further, those visiting forests are being asked to not use barbecues or light open fires.
"Recent similar hot weather phases have seen fire activity firmly associated with public recreation activities. Members of the public intending to visit forests and other recreational sites are reminded to adhere to regulations regarding fire use," the orange warning reads.
Additionally, drivers have been asked to not park cars near the entrance of forests, to ensure fire personnel can quickly reach fires.
Forest managers have also been instructed to have fire-fighting equipment available until the warning is lifted.