Thousands jet off to escape the bank holiday washout
JULY may have been one of the hottest on record, but the August bank holiday is shaping up to be a washout.
Tens of thousands of Irish people will make the annual exodus from the country this weekend.
More than 285,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin airport over the course of the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
The figures are up 7pc on last year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority.
And there is a 10pc increase in passengers travelling through Shannon airport this bank holiday weekend.
The savvy travellers are well-advised to seek warmer climes overseas – temperatures will be cooler and thundery downpours are expected weather experts said.
Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said there is a mixed bag of windy and wet weather ahead. "It's going to be very changeable over the weekend," she said.
"There will be a mix of sunshine and showers, and will be quite breezy. There are also thunderstorms on the way.
"On Sunday and Monday, there is a weather front bringing a lot of rain in from Britain," she added. "This is going to clip the east coast of the country."
Ms Lowe said the temperatures will drop to the high teens and low 20s. "It will be cooler over the weekend than it has been recently," she said.
"And, on Tuesday, there is a band of showers on the way, but Wednesday will be drier."
The wet weather doesn't bode well for the revellers who will be camping at music festivals Oxegen in Kildare, Indiependence in Cork and Castle-palooza in Offaly.
But it looks like conditions will have picked up in time for the 140th Dublin Horse Show which kicks off in the RDS.
This year, the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show has a prize fund of more than €942,000, and promises to be bigger and better than ever.
There are 125 classes, attracting a top class field of entries for the showing and jumping competitions, and the award of an RDS rosette will be highly coveted.
RDS chief executive Michael Duffy said that they anticipate huge crowds to be in attendance. "The RDS showgrounds will be a hive of activity over the next few days with not only the arrival of over 1,400 horses and ponies, but also more than 300 trade exhibitors putting the finishing touches to their displays," he said.
The show is a veritable feast of entertainment, from the style and glamour of Blossom Hill Ladies' Day on Thursday to the excitement of the Pony Club games on Saturday and Sunday.
Park and ride facilities at Muckross College and UCD will be available for all visitors attending the show.