Sunday 28 August 2016

Here comes the sun, so let's enjoy it – while staying safe

Published 06/07/2013 | 05:00

WE'VE been waiting for this summer to arrive and we all feel we really deserve it. Not that we can complain too much. June had its moments and has given us a taste of what the Met Office is now promising. In the absence of good news – economic or otherwise – nothing cheers up the nation quite like a few days of decent sunshine.

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It's even better again when it matches up with a weekend – and not one in the middle of state exams.

So we should make the best of the high temperatures, blue skies and warm sea breezes.

As an outgoing and gregarious nation, a few days in the great outdoors does wonders for our sense of well-being and, indeed, our collective mood.

It is also good for the economy, at least those parts of it that are dependent on the population getting out there and having a good time. Bars, restaurants and hotels will all benefit.

And so too will the many local festivals that dot the countryside at this time of year.

But a word of caution too.

There will be more cars on our highways and byways and drivers need to be cautious, vigilant and courteous.

And while boating, cooling off in the sea, rivers and lakes are among the great traditional pleasures of warm weather, there are inherent dangers.

Let's not wake up on Monday morning to a tragic story of a life, or lives, lost on the roads or in our waters.

Let's make this a weekend to remember for all the right reasons.

Irish Independent

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