A spokesperson for Mayo County Council has told Midwest News that their gritting crews will be on stand-by this weekend to deal with the hot weather’s impact on the tar.

Martina Hughes, Head of Communications said so far this week, crews have been busy gritting the worst affected areas and they will continue to do so over the course of the weekend.

Motorists are asked to exercise caution when travelling in the hot weather.

Ms Hughes also reminded people to be mindful of the Met Eireann Weather warnings in place, householder, farmers and businesses are asked to avoid un-necessary use of water to prevent any weather-related shortages and encourage people to take extra care in the water and exercise caution at all times.

Motorists are also advised to keep their windshields clean, adjust your speed when driving in the sun and understand that other drivers may also slow down significantly, or even stop suddenly due to sun glare.

Continue to use your headlights, even on very bright days and look after animals and never leave dogs unattended in vehicles during the hot weather.

Another heatwave related issue is forest and gorse fires. Mayo County Council’s Fire Department is warning people not to light fires, that also includes camp fires and bonfires, either intentionally or accidently during the extremely dry weather.

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