Wednesday 20 September 2017

Motorists warned of hail and thunder showers, as Bus Eireann enters sixth day of strike action

Ongoing traffic disruption this morning as Bus Eireann enters the sixth day of strikes

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Thousands of commuters are facing ongoing traffic disruption this morning as Bus Eireann enters the sixth day of an all-out strike.

The strike which commenced last Friday, March 23, will continue 'indefinitely' according to union members.

A Bus Eireann protest at Leinster House today could see further traffic disruptions today.

If Irish Rail and Dublin Bus workers turn up to show their support in solidarity with the Bus Eireann workers, it will likely affect services from around midday to early afternoon, before the evening rush hour.

AA Roadwatch are advising motorists to leave extra time when planning a journey, as the bus strike has resulted in an increase of traffic, especially at peak times on the major commuter roads.

Weather

Met Eireann forecaster Jean Byrne said that this week will see a lot of heavy rain, with hail, thunder and frost forecast towards the end of the week.

"Today will be cloudy with persistent rain, heaviest across the west coast of the country.

"There will be patches of drizzle in the east with some dry spells today too," said Jean Byrne.

Today maximum temperatures  are expected to reach between 12 to 16 degrees.

Thursday will see more heavy rain, that will be widespread across the country. However, we can expect some dry spells also, especially in the morning.

Jean said we can expect a brighter day on Friday with "fresher winds" and clear spells for most of the day,

"While on Friday we might see some hail and thunder showers especially in Atlantic coastal counties, it will be a much brighter day overall."

Friday will be cooler and fresher than recent days, with maximum temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees in moderate to fresh south to southwest winds.

You might want to make indoor plans for the weekend as heavy rain is on the forecast, according to Met Eireann.

"The weekend will see more rain with widespread showers and patchy drizzle."

Saturday night will be mainly dry, but cold, with a risk of a slight grass frost.

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