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Dublin: 8 °C Friday 22 March, 2019
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Sunshine on the way for the weekend with highs of 24 degrees

Cancel everything and get out the BBQ.

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DON’T BE DISHEARTENED by today’s showers – the weekend is set to be mostly sunny with temperatures reaching up to the mid twenties.

Tomorrow is set to be warm and mostly dry with sunny spells and highs of 24 degrees. Any showers in the morning are expected to clear by midday.

Saturday looks much the same. Met Eireann says, “The best of the sunshine is likely to be over Leinster, east Ulster, Munster and east Connacht.”

Temperatures are once again expected to hit highs of 24.

Sunday is due to be another warm and mainly dry day with some cloudy periods. Temperatures are set to be in the low twenties in sunshine.

Heavy traffic

AA Rescue is warning drivers that hot summer weather can cause problems for cars.It’s expecting an increase in breakdowns caused by over heating or tyre issues.

Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan said, “Hot weather can make life hard for a driver.”

Harsh sunlight and glare can make it difficult to see vulnerable road users. We know that a weekend like this will see lots of kids out and about, cyclists taking to the roads and a general increase in traffic volumes. It all adds to the danger so the advice is to slow down and expect the unexpected.

Heavy traffic is expected to parks, mountain walks and beaches this weekend so drivers are advised to allow a bit more time and to expect crowds.

Faughnan added that crashes due to glare on windscreens are also quite common and that it’s important to make sure that both the inside and outside of the windscreen are properly cleaned.

“Checking that you have plenty of water for your windscreen wipers and washer fluid are also essential as dead insects or dust from roads may make their way on to windscreens, causing visibility issues. Remember to keep a pair of sunglasses handy too.”

AA is warning that sunshine is also a significant factor in driver fatigue, especially if motorists are driving long distances or feeling tired.

The advice is to keep well hydrated and if necessary, drink two cups of coffee and have a short nap of about 20 minutes.

Read: There’s enough Irish sunshine for Vitamin D needs all year round – but big differences depending where you live>

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