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When it comes to our current weather, many of us don't want to say anything negative in case we scare it away, but there are definite downsides to the increased temperatures we've been experiencing this week.

From round-the-clock upkeep on hairy shins to our barnet's reaction to the humidity, this heatwave isn't all it's cracked up to be, but it looks like the good folk behind Thanko – a Japanese gadget manufacturer – are only dying to lend a helping hand.

According to the Irish Examiner, our friends in Japan have come up with a way to combat sweaty armpits, and all you need is a small, clip-on fan and a desire to looks like a right eejit in public.

Armpit Coolers, which provide wearers with three levels of breezy intensity, can be attached to your clothes with a small clip and are powered by two AAA batteries.

If you fancy ditching your deodorant and cotton tops during this weather, then you can splash out on an Armpit Cooler for – wait for it – €27.

We don't know about you, but something tells us it might not be a go'er in Ireland…
 

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The whistle wasn’t blown for summer’s official start as a child until your mam unearthed the paddling pool from the shed, and set about covering last year’s holes with masking tape and plasters.

And while sitting in a semi-deflated rubber contraption in front of our neighbours doesn’t exactly entice right now, there is a lot to be said for being able to cool down after spending time with clammy commuters during the current heatwave.

If you’re a step away from doing the Ice Bucket Challenge without a nomination, then it’s high-time you check out the waterparks and swimming pools in your locality.

And we've taken a look at our top five!

1. Leisureland, Co Galway

With three swimming pools to choose from, swimmers of all levels will be guaranteed a good time at one of Ireland’s most famous water and fitness centres.

From lane-swimming to water slides, there’s a reason we spent our childhoods begging for a weekend in Salthill.

​​​​​​2. Funtasia Waterpark, Drogheda

Located just two minutes from the M1 motorway, Funtasia Waterpark is super easy to reach for Dubliners in need of a cool-down during the heatwave.

And if slides and water activities are your thing, then a day spent at Funtasia is exactly what you’re after.

3. National Aquatic Centre

While a host for international, national and provincial competitions, the NAC is also open to casual swimmers in dire need of a splash.

The AquaZone is considered one of the most technically innovative water parks in Europe and boasts a whole host of attractions including the Wave Pool, Lazy River and Flow Rider.
 

4. Splashworld, Tramore

Whether it’s a wave machine or water park you’re after, this leisure centre has it.

Located in the sunny south-east, Splashworld is heaven for anyone who’s mad for a dip but has no intention of venturing into the sea.

​​​​​5. Benone Complex & Strand

If an outdoor heated plash pool sounds like heaven right now, you may want to earmark a weekend in Co Derry.

The Benone Complex & Strand in Limavaddy is just a stone's throw from one of Ireland's longest beaches, and is the place to go if glamping and swimming is your thing.

 

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It's official: the nation is basking in glorious sunshine the likes of which have not been seen in a decade-and-a-half.

And for a country that digs out sandals and shorts as soon as the thermostat reaches 18C, we reckon the Emerald Isle will positively lose the run of itself tomorrow. 

That's because – as now confirmed by RTÉ's Joanna Donnelly – things are about to get yer-on-yer-hollliers-in-Spain hot.

Taking to Twitter, the meteorologist said today: "In 14 years I've never seen a 30 on a chart."

Also including a snap of a roasting-looking Ireland: "We're going to 28 tomorrow," referring to Met Éireann's Dublin HQ.

It's a tweet that has proven immensely popular – notching up some 625 retweets and 470 likes.

Furthermore, Joanna's twitter handle has been flooded with snaps of car dashboards already displaying the magic 30C+ symbol.

Understandably, the hashtag #heatwave is already trending strongly in Ireland.

 

*How will you be spending Ireland's hottest day? Sunbathing, swimming, or just skiving off – make sure to email us your pictures and comments to hello@shemazing.ie

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When it comes to warm weather, we're a seriously contrary bunch.

While desperately wishing for a glimpse of sunlight from one end of the year to the next, we generally don't know what to do with ourselves when it finally arrives.

And with a heatwave currently sweeping Ireland and the UK, people have taken to social media in their droves to share their experience of this unexpected turn in fortune.

These people speak to us on an emotional level.

1. She gets us

2. He knows what's up

3. He obviously caught our Facebook update this morning

4. He might just be done with it already

5. He's right you know


6. He took one for the team

7. He's asking for a *cough* friend *cough*

8. She is our spirit animal

9. Ah, here he is!

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It’s warm! No really – it’s proper warm out.

In fact, it’s a day to venture outside without so much as a hint of a geansai. And it’s time to wear your sandals with pride too. Yes, leave your sunnies on… there are no clouds in the sky (seriously – we just checked).

For many of us, it will be only right and proper to mark the occasion with a cool cocktail of sorts. It’s officially a school night, admittedly, but we have no idea when the weather will take a turn for the worse – so it’s probably best just to take action now.

Here, we’ve compiled three of our favourites…

 

Vodka-lemon slush:

  • 500mls lemonade
  • 500mls of orange juice
  • Three dessert spoons of sugar
  • 7UP or Sprite to top up with
  • 750mls vodka

Makes enough for an evening soiree

  1. Leaving the 7UP aside, in a large plastic container (eg a big lunchbox) combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Cover and freeze overnight.
  3. To serve, scrape a spoon across the top of the frozen mixture and then half fill a glass with the slush.
  4. Top it up with 7UP and enjoy.

Crushed berry gin:

  • 10/12 frozen mixed berries
  • One teaspoon of sugar
  • Ice
  • A squeeze of lime and lemon juice
  • Two fresh strawberries to serve (if you're feeling fancy)
  • 50mls gin

Makes one crushed berry gin

  1. You can make these for individuals or in smaller batches – ideal if you don’t plan on consuming an entire bottle of spirits (hardly advisable at the best of times).
  2. In a blender, combine the ice, sugar and frozen berries.
  3. Squeeze a dash of lime and lemon over the mixture, add your rum, and then top up with 7Up to taste.
  4. Blend again until smooth..
  5. Pour into a glass and serve – garnishing with sliced strawberry.

Classic mojito:

  • 8 mint leaves
  • Half a lime, chopped
  • Crushed ice
  • 15g of brown sugar
  • Soda water
  • 80mls white rum

Makes two classic mojitos

  1. Mash up mint, lime, and sugar in a cocktail shaker – or just stick in a sandwich bag and hammer with a rolling pin.
  2. If you’re using a shaker, next add a generous scoop of ice and then the rum. If you’ve gone down the sandwich bag route, transfer into a large bowl before adding the same.
  3. Shake/stir until well-mixed and then strain equally into two chilled glasses.
  4. Top up with soda water to taste.
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As cynical as we Irish can be about almost everything, we do have an overwhelmingly positive attitude when it comes to the weather.

For a country that is notoriously rainy, we really do never give up hope that one day the sun will come.

And at last… that day is here.

It may not be Leaving Cert week but it sure does feel like it. And with the rise in temperature we have no doubt that there is going to be a serious surge in ice cream sales too.

Is there anything better than basking in the sunlight with a Cornetto? If so we certainly don't know what it is.

And we definitely are not the only ones: HB has predicted that it will sell 200,000 ice creams every day during the current heatwave.  

That means that more than a quarter of million HB ice creams are likely to be sold EVERY DAY during the heatwave – that is A LOT of ice cream. 

So before you get your bikini on, run to the shop and make sure your freezer is fully stocked because it looks like our frozen friends could be a sell out. 

Now we just need to pray that it lasts till the weekend.

 

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You better grab the sun cream and your finest swimwear because word on the street is that this week is set to be a scorcher.

A ‘mini-heatwave’ is going to be gracing us all with its presence according to Met Éireann. The forecaster is predicting temperatures reaching into the mid-twenties.

Wednesday is going to have temperatures hit a high of 25 degrees in some parts of the country. And while it’s going to be fiercely warm for us so unaccustomed, we are being warned to expect humidity as well.

According to forecaster Klara Finkele, temperatures will be in the high teens over the weekend and into early next week. Then the warmer weather is set to rise up from the Bay of Biscay on Wednesday and Thursday.

Monday is set to be a hazy day with Wednesday being when the really warm weather is set to arrive. We’re getting the BBQs out already.

While we’re sure there’s going to be a rush on the beaches and the local shops will be swimming in 99 cones, we’re hoping the weather will stay hot long enough for us to get our wardrobes sorted.

Who else has some stylish summer wear they just can’t wait to rip the tags off? Fingers crossed we all remember the sun cream though, nobody wants to have to deal with sunburnt skin on the beach.

Bikini season is finally upon us, hurray!

How many Facebook posts of outdoor cocktails and brunch in the park do you think we’re going to see this week?

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Don’t pack away the flip-flops just yet ladies!

After a very rainy Bank Holiday weekend in parts of the country, another heatwave has been forecast.

WOOHOO!

According to Met Éireann, a band of high pressure from the north and over Scandinavia is expected to push down over Ireland next week, causing temperatures to reach up to 25C, with lots of sunshine predicted too!

"It would be a bit premature to say we're definitely looking at another heatwave but certainly we shouldn't give up hope. The high pressure is there so it could develop over Ireland," said Met Éireann forecaster John Eagleton.

The sunny outlook comes after up to 89 millimetres of rain fell in parts of the east and midlands this weekend, causing flooding in some areas.

YUCK!

Bring on the sunshine!

 

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Met Éireann says this heatwave is set to continue – so what better way to make the most of the sun than by munching on these delicious frozen treats!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 packet of oreos
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • Green food colouring
  • 1 carton of whipped cream

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Lightly butter a pan or use a non-stick pan. Set aside.
  2. In a blender pulse the entire package of oreos until fine crumbs.
  3. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and spread them evenly along the bottom. Press them down with the back of a spatula.
  4. Use the same bowl to mix the cream cheese. Using hand mixers, mix the cream cheese for about three-four minutes until very creamy. Slowly add in the sweetened condensed milk and continue to mix with the hand mixers for another two-three minutes.
  5. Using a spatula scrape down the sides and continue to mix for another minute.
  6. Mix in the peppermint extract and food colouring. Do as much food colouring as you want until you reach the desired colour you want your cheesecake to be.
  7. With the spatula, fold in the whipped cream. Be careful to not over mix with the rest of the ingredients.
  8. Freeze overnight or for at least eight hours.
  9. Serve directly from the freezer and return to the freezer as soon as you are finished serving.

Image via Pinterest

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