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Monday 11 December 2017

Heatwave continues as ban on swimming lifted at Sandymount Strand

Isabela Almedia and Karina Martins from the City Centre enjoy the soaring temperatures at Portmarnock Beach, Dublin this afternoon. Photo: Colm Keegan/Collins
Isabela Almedia and Karina Martins from the City Centre enjoy the soaring temperatures at Portmarnock Beach, Dublin this afternoon. Photo: Colm Keegan/Collins

Temperatures are due to soar over the next few days as the ban on swimming at Sandymount Strand is lifted.

The temporary ban was put in place by Dublin City Council on Monday after test results of water samples taken from the previous Friday did not comply with minimum standards.

A further test of the waters was carried out and DCC has now lifted the ban, saying: "The laboratory test results of this sample indicate that the water quality is in compliance."

Previous bans at Killiney and White Rock beaches have also been lifted - just in time, as temperatures are on the way up.

Dramatic

Temperatures yesterday hit 26 degrees and should rise to 27 across the country before tomorrow.

Joanna Donnelly of Met Eireann said we can expect temperatures to rise by at least a degree.

"Temperatures will probably stay the same or rise by a degree or so. According to our observation stations, temperatures should reach 25 to 26 degrees around Dublin and the east coast and should rise to about 27 degrees farther inland," she said.

Due to the high temperatures, sea fog descended on Dublin Bay, with dramatic scenes as the Poolbeg chimneys were obscured from view and a cold mist enveloped Dublin's beaches.

Joanna said this was not unusual for such warm weather and happens frequently across the country.

"On the east coast the fog develops over the Irish Sea and is blown onshore by the easterly wind," she said.

"At the moment, humidity temperatures are high, as are relative temperatures, and when they match sea temperatures the moisture condenses and this is what causes the sea fog.

"The fog was quite dense on Tuesday evening, but it burns off soon enough as it moves inland."

Conditions are ripe for this type of sea fog, and while it is difficult to forecast, it is expected to continue to appear over the coming days as temperatures remain high.

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