Thursday 18 January 2018

Cold and dry days to continue into April

Fergus Black

WINTER'S chill will continue its icy grip over the Easter weekend with temperatures well below average for this time of year.

This time last year the country basked in record high temperatures of up to 20C for the end of March.

In contrast, temperatures will struggle to reach highs of 8C during the day over the weekend and it will be well into next week before there is any improvement.

There will also be a good deal of dry weather, according to Met Eireann, with an area of high pressure influencing conditions next week.

Today will be another very cold one with highest temperatures of just 4-7C, with similar conditions for Sunday and Monday.

In the North, Belfast Zoo became another casualty of the weather as heavy snow and storms forced its closure over the Easter holiday.

"A number of trees have been damaged or have fallen and inhibited access and caused damage to enclosures, pathways and other facilities," it said in a statement.

Meanwhile, in Cork, council officials have vowed to put a more advanced warning system in place in a flood-hit suburb.

Blackpool residents suffered massive flooding a week ago when the River Bride, a tributary of the River Lee, burst its banks.

Extra rubbish screens and sensors that can alert residents and businesses to possible flooding will be introduced. The council believes this will be a significant improvement on the current system that uses Met Eireann weather warnings to guess when flooding will occur.

Cork City Council said it will put €100,000 into ensuring the river network is well maintained.

Irish Independent

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