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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Wintry blast as temperatures to drop below freezing - but spring might arrive later this week

Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30

Traffic en route through snow,sleet and fog on Glenshane Pass between Derry/Belfast. Photo: North West weather
Traffic en route through snow,sleet and fog on Glenshane Pass between Derry/Belfast. Photo: North West weather

The wintry blast of sleet and snow will continue for a few more days yet before spring finally arrives later this week.

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Met Éireann has warned that the unseasonably cold weather will continue until at least Wednesday with highest daytime temperatures of just 6-8°C, before milder weather arrives on Thursday.

But before then, it is predicting more sleet and snow showers, strong winds and frosty nights.

Outbreaks of rain or sleet will die out this morning, leading to some clear spells in the afternoon. However, it will stay cold with temperatures hovering at best at around 8 degrees and there will be frost in some places tonight.

Tomorrow will start off misty with light rain before clearing. Outbreaks of rain will return later in the afternoon along Atlantic coasts and this will turn heavy as it pushes across the country overnight.

Met Éireann said the rain will fall as sleet in places, and there will be some snow - especially on high ground.

On Wednesday morning, the rain, sleet and hill snow will clear from the east of the country and it will brighten up everywhere. Strong winds will ease as the day goes on, although it will stay cold with highest temperatures of just 7-10°C.

However, Thursday will usher in a change in the weather with dry conditions and it will feel milder in fresh southwesterly winds. Later in the week, it will become much milder with temperatures rising to over 10 degrees.

Irish Independent

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