Gardaí warn drivers that roads may be slick as rain falls11th Jul 18 | News
While the heatwave is set to continue into the weekend, today looks to be offering some of the country a break from the drought coniditions of the past few weeks as rain sweeps across the Leinster region.
While the heatwave is set to continue into the weekend, today looks to be offering some of the country a break from the drought coniditions as rain sweeps across the Leinster region.
The official Garda traffic account has Tweeted to warn drivers that the rain will make roads slick after the long dry period.
'Looks like rain Ted' Please be careful on our roads especially in Leinster as it has started to rain heavily, roads may be slick after the long spell of dry weather. Drive to weather conditions. pic.twitter.com/8zGmueGWx2— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) July 11, 2018
The AA has also warned drivers of the change in conditions due to the fact that "during normal weather (regular rainfall) materials such as bitumen, oil and rubber from tyres are continuously washed away. During dry weather, these remain on the road surface."
(Heat)Wave goodbye to the sun...for now.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) July 11, 2018
Read on to find out why roads are slippery after good drying weather.https://t.co/onCcbE1J5L
This means that the first rain following a dry spell can create more greasy and slippery surfaces than normal, even to drivers who are familiar with a certain stretch of road.