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Sunday 18 August 2019

Warning over rip tides and cold water ahead of warm weekend

Unseasonal dip: Margaret Fitzgibbon, Ann McCourt and Miriam McGovern swim in the Forty Foot at Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Unseasonal dip: Margaret Fitzgibbon, Ann McCourt and Miriam McGovern swim in the Forty Foot at Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Allison Bray

Unseasonably warm weather forecast for the Easter weekend and a full moon on Good Friday have all the hallmarks of a perfect holiday weekend that could turn deadly, according to Water Safety Ireland (WSI).

With temperatures set to soar to 20C across much of the country on Good Friday and Saturday, the risk of drowning increases as coastal and inland waterways are still too cold for swimming, WSI warned yesterday. Friday's full moon can also cause dangerous rip tides for all water users.

And despite warm air coming up from Spain later this week, water temperatures are still hovering between a nippy 8C and 10C which increases the risk of drowning due to cold water shock followed by hypothermia, WSI warned.

Irish Independent

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