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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Sunny spells for Ireland – but temperatures to remain low

The sun is out across Ireland – but winter woollies are still required.

After storm Christine battered the coastlines and flooded many areas, this week will see a much-needed break with more typical Irish winter weather.

‘‘There’s no fear of serious weather events like what we have seen in the past week and before Christmas,’’ Met Eireann forecaster David Rogers said.

‘‘Our weather conditions will not show any severity and temperatures today will be normal,’’ he added.

The strong winds that continued in the aftermath of the storm have eased and most areas of the country will experience just a light cold breeze today.

‘‘Today is set to be a fine day with sun in most places. There will be some showers in the north and west,’’ he said.

The highest temperatures today will remain at a chilly six to nine degrees but most parts of the country will remain dry.

Temperatures tonight will drop sharply as air temperatures fall close to zero with frost and icy patches in some places.

‘‘Tonight will see some frost and icy patches and rainfall from the Atlantic will make its way across the country and head towards the east,’’ the forecaster said.

Referring to the freezing Arctic conditions currently seen in the US he said, ‘‘we will not see anything exceptional like that in Ireland in the coming days.’’

The type of winter weather the country receives depends on the Polar jet stream or ‘‘polar vortex.’’

Over the past few weeks the Polar jet stream ran straight across Ireland, marking the tracks of successive storms and providing showers and gale force winds according to Met Eireann.

A combination of strong winds, tidal surges and low pressure caused widespread damage and flooding in the past week.

Storm Christine was the most prolonged and destructive storm to hit the country in almost two decades.

Millions of euro worth of damage was done as high tides and gale force winds battered communities in Dublin, Galway, Clare, Mayo, Cork, Donegal and Kerry.

The US is also suffering harsh weather conditions after a blast of Arctic air gripped the country with the coldest temperatures in two decades causing at least 21 deaths, forcing businesses and schools to close and cancelling thousands of flights.

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