Monday 5 December 2016

Youths jumping off M50 bridge into canal cause concern in good weather

Sarah-Jane Murphy and Ryan Nugent

Published 14/08/2015 | 08:00

A passerby stops to video young people jumping into the River Liffey on North Wall Quay, Dublin, earlier this year
A passerby stops to video young people jumping into the River Liffey on North Wall Quay, Dublin, earlier this year
The incident took place near to Junction 9 on the M50

GARDAI were called to deal with a group of youngsters on the M50 yesterday, after eye-witnesses reported that they were repeatedly jumping from a motorway bridge into the canal below.

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The incident took place just after Junction 9, Red Cow, on the motorway just after 3pm as temperatures hit the mid 20s.

Radio traffic bulletins and tweets from AA Roadwatch warned motorists about the presence of the youths so close to the motorway, as there is only a narrow footpath between the road and the edge of the bridge.

AA Roadwatch appealed to drivers to exercise 'extreme caution' while passing through the area.

Gardaí said that no arrests were made.

It is believed that this is the third-straight day that people were spotted jumping from this bridge.

Whip out the suncream, as the mercury is on the rise again. After weeks of mixed weather conditions, the sunshine is finally on it's way back and the country will experience much warmer conditions today. 

The incident happened on one of the warmest days of the year so far - but cooler conditions are to return today and over the weekend.

Dry, sunny and unspectacular conditions are on the cards for the weekend, but be prepared for the rain to start by Tuesday.

The forecast for the weekend indicates cooler weather, as a cold front grips the country, but Dublin should avoid the worst of it, according to Met Eireann forecasters.

Meteorologist Eoin Sherlock said it's a long way off of the weather we should be getting at this time of the year.

"Today will be a fresher day, a little bit cooler, with highs of around 17 or 18 degrees in Dublin, but there'll possibly be some light patchy rain," said Mr Sherlock.

"It's a similar story on the weekend. Saturday will be noticeably cooler again, possibly 15 or 16 degrees, which isn't great at all for this time of the year when we should be expected 19 or 20 degrees," he said.

The forecaster expects the cold front to stay in the south of the country, and said that weather conditions this summer were not as bad as they seem.

"It's been cooler than we'd like and cloudier than we'd like, but a lot of other summers it'd be raining non-stop, so it's not the worst summer we've had," said Mr Sherlock.

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