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Sunday 21 January 2018

Council issues advisory notice to beach-users after Monday's stormy weather

Portmarnock beach pictured in Storm Ewan in 2016. Photo: Arthur Carron
Portmarnock beach pictured in Storm Ewan in 2016. Photo: Arthur Carron
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

An advisory notice has been issued to beach-goers at a popular Dublin strand following Monday's stormy weather.

Fingal County Council have issued the advisory notice for swimmers at Velvet Strand Beach, Portmarnock due to storm water overflow as a result of heavy rain.

The notice states that to reduce the risk of illness, beach users should avoid swallowing or splashing the water, they should wash their hands before handling food, and they should avoid swimming with an open cut or wound.

The council also advises that people should avoid swimming if they are pregnant or have a weakened immune system.

The notice reads; "Velvet Strand remains open but beach users are asked to respect the advisory notice as it has been put in place to ensure that the health of bathers is not compromised."

They also asked members of the public intending to swim at any beach in Ireland to check the water quality in advance on the EPA website to avoid any similar issues.

Today's heavy rain is set to continue as wet fronts are due to come in from the Atlantic, according to Met Éireann.

According to Met Éireann forecaster, Deidre Lowe, it will changeable for much of the week. But the overall outlook is gloomy. 

Temperatures will struggle to get beyond the mid to high teens, and the suncream is not likely to be called into action.

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