I think weather had a greater impact than anything else. I personally loved it, more for the fact that I could easily stay glued to the results all day Sunday!
High time we moved to a non-school day in my opinion, delighted to see it finally happen. As for low turn out - bring in mandatory voting per the Australian model.
At the moment working class people vote for centre left parties like FF and FG. Welfare class people (those who derive all or a sizable proportion of their income from welfare payments) tend to support far left like SF/PBP/assorted nutter but those people tend not to vote. I'm happy with that scenario.works in Oz