Thursday 26 April 2018

Sunny weekend ahead as drivers urged to stay safe

Sunseekers from Sandymount, Dublin enjoy a dip at the Forty Foot. Photo: Collins
Sunseekers from Sandymount, Dublin enjoy a dip at the Forty Foot. Photo: Collins
Laura Casey and Simon Ledden from Sandymount at the Forty Foot. Photo: Collins
Ciara McHugh and Rosie Coppieters from Corrigeenroe, Co Roscommon, enjoy the good weather at Lough Arrow, Co Sligo

Paul Melia

Met Eireann is promising glorious summer sunshine over the bank holiday weekend.

Temperatures will hit 25 degrees today, and forecasters say there will be plenty of sunshine throughout the rest of the weekend.

It won't be quite so hot tomorrow and Sunday, with temperatures falling back to the mid-teens, but it will remain dry in most parts.

The good weather is expected to result in increased volumes of traffic and motorists were yesterday urged to slow down in an effort to keep road deaths at a record low.

Anyone involved in a serious collision this weekend will be breathalysed, as part of tough new drink-driving measures introduced on Wednesday.

So far this year, 77 people have died on the roads. This compares with 89 in the same period last year, a drop of 13pc.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said: "We're hoping it will be another record low year but there's a long way to go yet.

"We've brought in the new road safety regulations that bring in mandatory breath testing, and this will be the first bank holiday weekend they're in force."

More than 250,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport over the weekend, with almost 2,000 flights arriving and departing.

Bus Eireann expects to carry up to 250,000 passengers this weekend, and a considerable rise in traffic volumes is also anticipated.

"This will be the first of the big weekends of the summer," said Nicola Hudson from AA Roadwatch.

"With the weather set to be so good, people really will be taking the time to go to events. Friday afternoon will be extremely busy and it will be very busy right through the weekend."

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