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Marathon runners -- expect rain but not downpours

RUNNERS in Monday's Dublin City Marathon are being warned to bring their wet-weather gear, as more rainfall is said to be on the way.

High winds and heavy showers are scheduled to hit the country over the coming days.

But the brave souls gearing up to take part in the bank holiday marathon can rest assured -- forecasters have insisted we will not see a repeat performance of this week's torrential downpour.

Met Eireann's Pat Clarke told the Herald that while the weather will be very changeable and unsettled until Wednesday, the 14,000 athletes taking part in the National Lottery event need not worry about any major disruptions to the race.

"It doesn't look like it will be as bad as this week -- that was exceptional," Mr Clarke said.

"We're going to continue to have mild weather, but we will see a lot of rainfall.

"Up until the middle of next week we expect the weather to be very unsettled and some showers may be quite heavy, but normal for autumn."

The heaviest rainfall will be in the south west and west of the country over the coming period, while Dublin will experience a much drier week ahead in comparison.



umbrellas

While families are being advised to have their umbrellas at the ready for Monday's marathon, Mr Clarke said temperatures are not expected to drop dramatically so there will be no need for hats and scarves.

"Temperatures will be very mild, by day it will generally remain between 12 and 15 degrees, while at night time it will stay at nine or 10 degrees.

"Overall that is a good few degrees above normal at night at this time of year."

The worst-hit parts of the country should see around 30mm of rainfall over the long weekend, in contrast to the 100mm-plus of rain that fell on Monday, when dozens of homes were flooded in a matter of hours.

Families have also been warned that travel services will be affected this weekend.

More than 200,000 passengers are expected to be affected by temporary closures of Irish Rail routes, but bus services will be in place on Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be disruptions on the Dublin/Cork line and the Limerick/Galway line.

Other services affected are Rosslare/Gorey services and some DART and commuter services.

lbutler@herald.ie