Wednesday 26 July 2017

Motorists warned of black ice as temperatures plummet this weekend

Drivers should also watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists
Drivers should also watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

Gavin White and Denise Calnan

Drivers have been warned to watch out for black ice as temperatures are set to drop this weekend.

While there will be no chance of snow, Dubliners should wrap up as temperatures were due to drop as low as -2C overnight and maximum daytime temperatures will only reach 3 to 5C, with a chance of light showers.

Elaine Gibson from the Road Safety Authority warned drivers to be wary on the roads.

"Watch out for black ice. If the road looks polished or glossy, it could be black ice, which is one of winter's worst hazards," she said.

Preparation

Barry Aldworth, from AA Ireland, said: "Thankfully the weather hasn't been that bad this winter so far, but the downside to that is preparation can be thrown out when drivers are not used to the conditions.

"Make sure to leave adequate time for journeys, adding an extra 30 minutes to your drive. It [black ice] can occur especially in sheltered or shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls."

Drivers should also watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack told RTE Radio One listeners that a dry weekend is on the cards.

"For all of us, it'll be another dry day with plenty of sunshine around but clouding up in south and eastern areas with patchy drizzle," Ms Cusack said.

"For Sunday, it looks like there will be some patchy rain or drizzle. There will be bright spells as well, a breezy day that will be a little bit mixed. For most of us, it will be another dry day but with not as much sun as recently."

On Monday, the country will experience a mostly cloudy day with some sunny spells and Tuesday and Wednesday are set to be cold and blustery days.

"Thursday will bring in very heavy rain from the Atlantic," Ms Cusack added.

Herald

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