Alarm bells are ringing for plants, algae and sea creatures stressed by the current heatwave in mudflats, shallow mudlat pools and coastal rocks where temperatures have exceeded 30C.
"While there isn't much we can do to help sea life, we have advice on how to avoid exasperating the situation, and we are asking people to record what is happening," says Karin Dubsky, Coastwatch European International Coordinator.
The Bathing Water Quality in Ireland 2017 produced by the Environmental Protection Agency has found that overall quality remains good with 132 of 142 identified coastal or inland waters meeting strict EU standards.
A two-year overdue River Basin Management Plan “falls far short” of what is needed to protect Ireland’s rivers, lakes and bays to bring them up to a healthy standard, according to the Sustainable Water Network of national and local environmental groups.
Parents and guardians of young people are being advised to especially supervise their children during this period of exceptionally cold weather.
"Stay off ALL ice," warns John Leech, chief executive of Irish Water Safety.
Children will be tempted to play on ice where water has frozen on canals, ponds, lakes and flooded areas.