Thursday 5 December 2019

Damp day for GAA fans and Green Army heading to Croker and Smithfield fanzone this weekend

Croke Park could be a very cool place to watch the Ireland-France game
Croke Park could be a very cool place to watch the Ireland-France game

Jane O'Faherty & Louise Kelly

A brief reprieve from heavy downpours is promised this weekend, but the summer sun will continue to evade most of the country.

While it may not be time to get the barbecue going, Met Eireann forecaster Harm Luijkx told the Irish Independent that the intense showers of Friday will ease from Saturday onwards.

“It doesn’t look like there will be torrential rain this weekend,” he said.

But he warned there would be drizzly spells and outbreaks of rain across the country as well, with northern areas to be worst affected.

“Saturday will be mostly dry with just a few scattered showers across the country,” he said.

On that day, temperatures are set to range from 15 to 19 degrees, with warmest temperatures in Leinster.

“It will feel quite damp and humid on Sunday, particularly in the south and east.”

“There won’t be too much in the way of sunshine either,” he added.

Large screens will be erected in Smithfield Square on Sunday for supporters of the boys in green who can’t make the journey to France.

The event will see thousands of Irish fans take to the streets of the capital for one of the biggest soccer matches in the country's history.

The second half of the Ireland-France game will be also shown on the big screens in Croke Park ahead of the 4.15 throw-in for Westmeath and Kildare.

Dublin and Meath has been timed for a 6.35 start to facilitate RTE 1 TV schedules that incorporate the airing of the Angelus and the regular news slot.

Cloudy conditions and sunny spells are expected to continue on Monday, with temperatures as high as 19 degrees Celcius in some areas.

But Met Éireann warned that Tuesday could be another wet day, with a risk of spot flooding in the evening. 

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