“Absolute drought” was announced following 15 consecutive days where rainfall was less than 0.1 mm at Met Éireann rainfall measuring stations. 15 days, no rain, in Ireland???? Say it isn’t so! Ahh but it is. And when you consider that Ireland has no snowcapped peaks to provide additional water you can see why the southwest of the country is starting water rationing and threatening to turn off the water mains at night.
On the other hand, Met Éireann has issued a Potato Blight warning (the great potato famine was caused by potato blight) due to the warmth and predicted showers.