Saturday 29 November 2014

Look west if you are in search of sun this weekend

Brian Byrne

Published 02/08/2014 | 02:30

Leanne Hennessy and Jane Hennessy, from Balbriggan, Co Dublin, were not letting the wet weather dampen their spirits at Castlepalooza in Tullamore, Co Offaly.
Leanne Hennessy and Jane Hennessy, from Balbriggan, Co Dublin, were not letting the wet weather dampen their spirits at Castlepalooza in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

GO west for sunshine – that's the message from forecasters as persistent heavy rain threatens to dampen those bank holiday spirits across the east of the country today.

Whether you're travelling to the Castlepalooza music and arts festival in Co Offaly or heading to Croke Park for the senior football clash between Meath and Armagh, there is little chance of escaping the rain.

Revellers at Indiependence music and arts festival in Co Cork could be in for a spot of good luck and may well avoid much of the rain, according to Met Eireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly.

And punters at the Galway Races will enjoy some of the best conditions as Met Eireann said it will be brighter further west, with some sunny spells and just a few showers.

Ireland West Airport Knock will also benefit from better conditions and is expecting its busiest August bank holiday weekend, with more than 15,000 passengers.

Ms Donnelly said that temperatures will reach the mid-teens in the east of the country, rising to 18C or 19C degrees in the west and south with moderate north to north-west breezes.

She added that organisers of the annual Spraoi international street arts festival in Waterford city should also expect showers.

Further spells of rain in Leinster will continue into tonight, but it will be mainly dry in Connacht and Munster.

But the August bank holiday weekend will not be a total washout as sunny conditions are predicted for tomorrow.

The rain will move northwards and the rest of the country will be mainly dry, with sunny spells pushing temperatures up to 15C in the north and 19C in the south.

Monday is expected to be the best day of the long weekend, with highest temperatures reaching 18C to 21C with light breezes.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the gardai have called on drivers to be extra cautious on the roads this weekend, and to recognise the symptoms of driver fatigue and to take appropriate action.

Safety

Chief executive Moyagh Murdock said: "This weekend will see thousands of people take to the roads, particularly cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists who have been the most at-risk people using the road this year.

"Many will also be travelling long distances to enjoy the long weekend so we are urging all road users to make sure that road safety remains a priority."

Some 42 people have died or been seriously injured during the August bank holiday weekend since 2009.

Last year, five people were killed and six more were seriously injured over the weekend.

Irish Independent

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