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sand hassle Crowds flock to beaches across the country as gardai issue warning to avoid certain areas

Gardai listed Old Head Beach, Roonah Pier, Silver Strand, and Carramore as places to avoid in particular

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Pictured are large numbers of bathers on Brittas Bay in Wicklow today.

Pictured are large numbers of bathers on Brittas Bay in Wicklow today.

Pictured are large numbers of bathers on Brittas Bay in Wicklow today.

These were the scenes at Brittas Bay earlier today as crowds flocked to the popular Co Wicklow stretch of coast to enjoy the scorching sunshine. 

Hordes descended on beaches around the country as gardai issued a warning for people to avoid certain locations in Mayo and Wicklow where large crowds took all available parking spaces.

With an expected high of 29 degrees forecast earlier today, the country made the most of the heatwave, prompting an alert from gardai.

Taking to Twitter, gardai said: "Gardaí have noted significant traffic congestion at various beaches and beauty spots on the Mayo coast. The following areas should be avoided due to heavy traffic, as car parks are at capacity.”

They listed Old Head Beach, Roonah Pier, Silver Strand, and Carramore as places to avoid in particular.

"Gardaí have also noted significant traffic congestion along the Wicklow coast. The following areas should be avoided as traffic is moving very slowly and car parks are at capacity,” as they mentioned Brittas Bay and Magheramore in particular.

For those missing out on a chance to get out and about today, the good news is that another day of 27C heat is expected tomorrow, while it looks like temperatures will hit 27C on both Monday and Tuesday, with 28C forecast for Wednesday.

The forecaster added: "High pressure bringing predominantly dry, very warm and mostly sunny weather for much of next week. Remaining very warm and humid at night also."

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