Sunday 21 December 2014

Thunderstorms cause Cork's City Spectacular to be abandoned

Published 19/07/2014 | 16:17

Pic Shows: Katie May Fogarty (5), Emily Fogarty (2) and Siofra Dunagh (4) enjoying Laya Healthcare''s City Spectacular, The biggest street performance competition which takes place in DublinÕs Merrion Square yesterday (Sunday) 13-07-2014
Pic: Collins Photos.
Katie May Fogarty (5), Emily Fogarty (2) and Siofra Dunagh (4) enjoying Laya Healthcare''s City Spectacular in Dublin last weekend - when the weather was better

BAD weather in Cork today prompted officials to close a family festival early.

Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular, which was taking part in Fitzgerald Park, had to be shut down when the weather took a turn for the worst.


Ireland is bracing itself for further heavy rain and thunderstorms this evening, however they are expected to fade tonight, giving us a few days of sunshine.


A spokesperson for Met Eireann said that "from tomorrow on we can expect a few nice days."


"Widespread showers are likely to develop this afternoon and become more heavy with a risk of thunderstorms this evening in the South and East.


"Temperatures will be mild and humid, reaching between 18 and 22 degrees."


Tomorrow, however, will be the beginning of a spell of drier and brighter weather for a few days.


"More sun pushing through will see temperatures go up to 23 degrees, and there should be more of the same on Monday and Tuesday.


"Monday will be mostly dry and sunny with temperatures set to hit 22 degrees, while Tuesday will be higher again."


Temperatures could soar to 24 degrees on Tuesday, before the rain returns on Wednesday.


"For the remainder of the week, there will be showers with some sun pushing through and temperatures will still be high in the low 20s."


Activities are expected to resume at the Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular tomorrow as the weather improves.


"It's due to be a scorcher tomorrow so the festival will resume with full festival programme from 12pm tomorrow in Fitzgerald Park, Cork.


"Twelve international street performers including the world's only back-flipping sword-swallower and the world's best fire-breather will entertain at Ireland's most-loved festival tomorrow.


"Bring your whole family and all your friends down tomorrow to enjoy this free festival," said Shell Holden, Producer of Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular


The festival was originally named the Street Performance World Champions, and travels to Cork after a successful run in Dublin last weekend.


More than 300,000 people attended the Dublin festival, taking in performances, music, artisan food and outdoor screenings.

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