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06 Oct 2022

Met Éireann forecasts conditions to be wetter than usual this weekend

RSA issue warning to road users this weekend

Met Éireann weather conditions are to be wetter than normal this weekend

Drive carefully this weekend

It may be a dry start to the morning but heavy rain and downpour is expected to sweep across the county late this evening. A nationwide status yellow weather warning will take effect at 9pm tonight and is expected to end at 12 noon tomorrow, Sunday.

Met Éireann's latest forecast for the province forecasts the rain hitting later this evening and warns of high winds on Sunday. A mix of clear spells and showers is expected for tonight and it is due to turn very wet by tomorrow morning, Sunday, as rain extends northwards.

The rain will be heavy in places, bringing a possibility of localised flooding. There is a chance of strong winds developing as well. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees.

This morning, Saturday, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) issued a warning. The organisation is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads over the weekend.

Drivers and motorcycle riders are being warned that during a prolonged dry spell, a build-up of oil and rubber deposit develops on the road. When the weather breaks, this deposit mixes with rainwater and the road becomes hazardous. The resulting greasy road surface increases stopping distances and the risk of a skid.

Drivers can get caught out with this change in road conditions so the advice is to slow down and increase braking distance. When driving in wet conditions, the RSA are reminding drivers that it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads. Road users are asked to slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front, 4 seconds at a minimum.

People are asked to take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility and to allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians, horse and riders and motorcyclists as they may need to avoid areas on the road.

As always, road users are asked to be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with speed limits of 100 km/h and 120 km/h. People are asked to check tyres and consider replacing them if the thread depth is below 3mm. Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility to ensure you are seen by other motorists. 

If the road ahead is flooded you are asked to choose another route. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes. Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic. The RSA are asking road users to be aware of of washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and fallen or falling objects. 

Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to walk on a footpath, not in the street. Should cyclists need to move out to avoid a flooded area on the road they are asked to please signal to oncoming traffic before doing so. 

For advice on severe weather driving tips and weather updates, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook  and Twitter pages.

 For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie

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