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Friday 17 August 2018

Beaches awarded prestigious Blue Flags with sunshine and high temperatures due

Caoimhe (7) and Alannah Culhane (5) celebrate the awarding of the International Blue Flag award for 2018 at Seapoint, Co Dublin. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Caoimhe (7) and Alannah Culhane (5) celebrate the awarding of the International Blue Flag award for 2018 at Seapoint, Co Dublin. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Slather on the sun cream and fire up the barbecue because temperatures are set to reach the mid-20s again.

While many people across the country woke up to grey skies yesterday, there's positive news for sunseekers as we're in for more good weather this week.

A Met Eireann forecaster said that it will be mainly dry and settled this week with above average temperatures.

Sunny

Today should be a dry and sunny day, with temperatures expected to hit 19C in the south-east. It will be coolest in Atlantic coastal counties.

"Wednesday will be dry, with sunshine. It will be warm, with temperatures into the low 20s in many areas, especially in the midwest, west and north-west," the forecaster said.

"It's set to be a little cooler in coastal areas, with sea breezes, especially on eastern coasts, with light to moderate north-easterly winds.

"It will be dry in most areas on Thursday and Friday, with sunny intervals, but there is a possibility of some heavy, thundery showers developing, especially in the south and west.

"Winds will be mostly moderate, east to north-east in direction, with sea breezes developing by day. It will be warm, with maximum temperatures in the low 20s in many areas, but it will be cooler on coasts, with sea breezes.

"Indications suggest that the weekend will remain warm and mostly dry, with some sunshine and just a slight chance of a few scattered showers.

"Daytime temperatures will continue to reach the low 20s away from exposed coasts and may reach the mid-20s. Winds will be moderate, locally fresh, east to north-east in direction."

Meanwhile, two Dublin beaches have been awarded Blue Flags.

Seapoint in Dun Laoghaire will fly the flag, along with Portmarnock/Velvet Strand in Fingal, which has also received a Green Coast award to recognise community involvement in maintaining the beach.

In all, a record 90 beaches and marinas across the State have received Blue Flags, up two on last year.

Ardmore in Waterford has achieved Blue Flag status for the first time since 1997, due to improved bathing water quality brought about by the completion of a new wastewater treatment plant, while Carne in Wexford has also achieved the coveted award for the first time.

The Blue Flag is awarded to bathing spots which meet strict criteria.

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