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Great Thaw begins as temperatures stay above zero

Temperatures stayed above zero overnight for the second day running – but drivers still need to take care.

PILES OF ICE AND SNOW around the country are beginning to finally melt away this weekend, after temperatures across Ireland remained above 0°C for the second night running.

The thaw has been particularly striking around the east coast, where many housing estates were previously inaccessible for public transport, while pavements in Dublin city which had seen up to two inches of compacted ice and snow beginning to dry up and become safely passable.

Drivers and pedestrians alike are being asked to remain vigilant, however, with AA Roadwatch warning that lesser-used routes are still subject to compacted snow and black ice.

Public transport systems, however, are virtually back to normal with only minor and occasional delays on Iarnród Éireann trains, while the Luas and Bus Éireann services are fully operational once more.

Only one Dublin Bus route remains affected by the impact of the weather, with diversions on the 54a.

The Irish Times reports that temperatures today will reach their highest for a fortnight today, with some parts of Ireland recording a balmy 8°C or 9°C. Met Éireann recorded the latter temperature at Belmullet and at Malin Head at 1pm today.

Dublin City Council is continuing with its periodic water disruptions, however; services will remain curtailed between 7pm and 7am tonight and tomorrow (Sunday) night.