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Dublin: 20°C Tuesday 15 June 2021

Planning a trip to Dollymount Strand? You're not allowed to swim there today

Dublin City Council has issued a bathing ban until its water tests are back tomorrow.

18/8/2015. Good Sunny Weather People enjoying the sunny weather on Dollymount Strand just last week. Source: Sam Boal

WITH TEMPERATURES REACHING 18 degrees today you might be tempted to grab the last of the summer sun at the beach.

If you’re planning to hit Dollymount Strand, best not pack the togs.

Yesterday, Dublin City Council issued a temporary bathing ban for the beach.

The council said the beach was sampled yesterday and the results should be available tomorrow. 

In the meantime, that’s bad news for bathers who were hoping to take a dip today.

18/8/2015. Good Sunny Weather The water looks so nice, but no taking a dip today. Source: Sam Boal

Dublin City Council monitors bathing water quality at its three designated bathing beaches, which are Dollymount, Sandymount and Merrion strand. It also tests water at the Shelley Banks beach near the South Bull Wall at Poolbeg.

Under an EU directive, the council must test the waters at least once every 14 days during the bathing season of June, July and August.

If you’re still planning on hitting a beach somewhere today, you’ll be happy to hear that today will be mostly dry and sunny.

However, it’s not great news for later on in the day. Met Eireann said showers along the west coast will extend eastwards and become widespread later this afternoon and evening.

Some showers will be heavy. So, that was our summer then? Great. Just great.

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