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Wednesday 26 July 2017

Bitter winds bring snow - but there is some good weather news on the way

Ben and Kate Marchant, Rathfarnham, Dublin, make the most of the cold snap in the Wicklow gap. Photo: Garry O'Neill
Ben and Kate Marchant, Rathfarnham, Dublin, make the most of the cold snap in the Wicklow gap. Photo: Garry O'Neill

Chai Brady

There have been sprinklings of snow and "bitter" weather over the last few days - but conditions are set to improve.

Temperatures dropped to as low as freezing yesterday, but began to warm to about 4C overnight. Today's temperatures are expected to be a much more pleasant 7C to 10C, and showers will mostly be reserved for Munster.

A Met Éireann spokesperson said rainfall will ease over the next few days. However, there may be more showers to come next weekend, and outbreaks of rain on Wednesday.

"This is a reverse of what normally happens, normally the wind blows in the other direction, coming in from the Atlantic. It dumps the rain on Connaught and Donegal and parts of Munster," he said. "Very often it's dry on the east coast during the winter, it was visible in Dublin but we're not talking buckets."

He added that "the easterly winds won't be as bitter, and it will be slightly more humid" for the week to come.

Winds will have died down tomorrow with pockets of rain in Munster and Leinster, but it will feel a bit warmer and there will be some sunshine.

Kitesurfer Manuel Gelnares from Spain but now living in Dublin makes use of the windy weather on Sandymount Strand. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Kitesurfer Manuel Gelnares from Spain but now living in Dublin makes use of the windy weather on Sandymount Strand. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

On average temperatures will range between 8C to 10C, but may go as high as 12C in the south of the country. It will be 5C to 6C tomorrow night. Although there will be outbreaks of rain on Wednesday, temperatures nationwide will be between 9C and 12C. There will be some frost on Wednesday night but it won't be severe. Winds will be south-westerly and won't be as strong as previous days.

Frost becomes less likely as sunny spells are predicted on Thursday with temperatures between 9C and 11C. This milder weather will continue into Friday with frost unlikely at night. There will be some rain over the weekend.

It is unlikely there will be snowfall that will stick anywhere other than at high altitudes. The Dublin mountains may receive a sprinkling.

Irish Independent

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