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Monday 20 November 2017

Airports thronged for bank holiday as chilly snap rolls in

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

COLD and wet weather is sweeping in as thousands of people are on the move for the bank holiday getaway.

Heavy rain will cloud some of the holiday break with forecasters predicting few areas of the country escaping the downpour.

And Met Eireann warned it would be chilly early this morning as temperatures fell to freezing in parts overnight.

Motorists were warned to be careful on the roads early this morning as there is the likelihood of frost, especially in sheltered inland areas, and ice on damp roads.

Temperatures will however reach double figures over the weekend with highs of 10C or 11C after the cold start

And the good news for hardy souls pounding the pavement at this year's Dublin Marathon is that the weather is set to stay fine on Monday, easing the pain along the gruelling 26-mile course.

Organisers have warned people to be ready for widespread travel congestion in the capital as there will be road closures put in place along the course from tomorrow.

Maintenance work also starts today on North Strand Bridge near the city centre, resulting in the closure of Drumcondra station until November 2.

Meanwhile, an estimated 220,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport over the course of the bank holiday weekend, with more than 1,700 flights expected to arrive and depart during this time.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is advising passengers to arrive at least 90 minutes before their flight as long queues are expected.

Some 200,000 passengers are expected to travel on Irish Rail routes over the weekend.

Bus Eireann will operate as per its normal bank holiday schedules. However, diversions will be in place when travelling into Dublin city centre on Monday.

Blitz

Motorists are being warned to be extra vigilant when driving this weekend, particularly given the recent spate of road deaths.

"Gardai are on a blitz so they'll be physically out and about," warned Conor Faughnan from AA Roadwatch.

"It is traditionally a dangerous weekend as it's the last long break of the year, so there'll be a lot of socialising and commuting which is a dangerous mix."

The N3 Dublin/Cavan Road and the Ballyjamesduff Road (R195) will close from midday until midnight tomorrow night for the annual Pumpkin Festival in Virginia, Co Cavan.

There will also be restrictions on the N71 Clonakilty/Cork Road and on the N22 Killarney/Cork Road as roadworks continue on the N40 South Ring Road.

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Irish Independent

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