Friday 28 October 2016

E Coli fears after Killiney beach is closed

View of Dublin Bay from Killiney Hill
View of Dublin Bay from Killiney Hill

SWIMMERS will learn today if they will be able to take a dip in a popular Dublin bathing spot following a swim ban.

White Rock Beach in Killiney was closed on Wednesday when a water test discovered a high level of E Coli.

The southside bathing spot was tested on Monday and the cause of the elevated levels of the bacteria is not yet known.

A spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county council told the Herald that an investigation has  started to discover the root of the problem.

Last July the same beach was closed to swimmers due to similar bacteria concerns.

E Coli is a bacteria that can be found in the intestines of animals and humans.

Infections from the bacteria can result in diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.

Results of a second test at the strand will be released from the lab today and the local authority will decide whether or not to lift temporary ban.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the capital sun worshippers flocked to the city’s beaches to enjoy the soaring temperatures.

St Stephen’s Green and the Phoenix Park hosted hundreds of sun-seekers determined to catch the last of the rays as temperatures topped 20 degrees.

People were keen to make the most of the high temperatures  and sunshine as Met Eireann warned that the mini-heatwave was not to last.

The weather forecasters have said that the weekend will bring somewhat unpredictable weather.

The good weather experienced this week will come to an end today as showery conditions are expected in Leinster, though it will remain warm.

The national forecaster has said that conditions will be unpredictable over the weekend.

“Leinster and Munster will be prone to showers in the next couple of days but it’s very hard to call it exactly,” forecaster John Eagleton told the Herald.

“Temperatures will probably be lower than they have been, around 16-18 degrees.”

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