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Friday 20 September 2019

Showery weather rolls in as school runs spark roads alert

Hannah Cahill’s sunglasses reflecting pal Olivia Griffin at Electric Picnic
Hannah Cahill’s sunglasses reflecting pal Olivia Griffin at Electric Picnic

The back-to-school feeling has returned with a bang as changeable weather and fresh mornings are forecast for the days ahead.

Showers and outbreaks of sunshine are predicted, with the best of the weather in the south and east.

"The changeable weather is set to continue over the next few days and it will feel rather fresh," said Met Eireann's Matthew Martin.

"Monday will be fairly cloudy and breezy and there will be scattered outbreaks of rain.

"On Tuesday it looks like there will be a good deal of cloud and some patchy drizzle too.

"Wednesday will be bright and blustery with good sunshine and some passing showers."

Conditions are expected to improve slightly later in the week with a dry and sunny Thursday and a bright and blustery day forecast for Friday.

Winds

Temperatures will range between 15-20C, with fresh south-west winds.

It's a case of heading to the sunny south-east if you're looking to continue the summer feeling.

"The best weather will be in the east, south-east and south," Mr Martin added.

The rain will return this week
The rain will return this week

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch has issued a warning as the school routine returns and the mornings get darker.

According to their records there was a significant increase in breakdowns and collisions as the return to school led to an increase in traffic.

Compared to last August, the number of collisions rose steeply.

During the final two weeks before the start of the new school season in 2018, 101 traffic-disrupting incidents were reported to AA Roadwatch.

But in the first two weeks of September this increased to 156 - primarily on motorways, national roads and regional roads.

"Whatever the official definition is, for a lot of Irish families autumn starts on September 1 when schools return," said Ruth Jephson, of AA Roadwatch.

"When we speak about incidents, these are specifically those which either disrupted traffic or were on a major route.

"We may not receive word about a minor incident on a quiet road but when a crash occurs on a motorway or N road we're likely to get plenty of people bringing it to our attention.

"Those commuting during summer may have got used to much quieter routes - so vigilance is key."

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