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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Arctic snap brings a week of bitter cold

Waves at Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, yesterday Picture: Collins Photos
Waves at Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, yesterday Picture: Collins Photos

Greg Harkin

Motorists are being warned of a week of bitterly cold weather ahead as a high pressure Arctic weather system settles over Ireland.

However, parts of the south east will have to see off the end of a storm which hit overnight, bringing up to 45mm of rain and causing flood and snow alerts in Wicklow and Wexford. A warning is in place until 9am today.

A yellow status wind warning for Dublin, Louth, Meath, Wicklow and Wexford is also in place until noon today, with mean wind speeds of 65kmh and gusts of up to 100kmh forecast, said Met Éireann's Nuala Carey.

It will also be windy elsewhere today, she said, but this will ease by the afternoon.

Peter O'Donnell, forecaster with Irish Weather Online, said ice and fog will dominate over the next few days, with temperatures dropping to -6C at night.

He warned of freezing fog or frost in midland valleys to inland areas of the north-west today and said that otherwise it would be partly cloudy and very cold, with some wintry showers, but would become dry in most places later in the day.

"Wednesday will see widespread and possibly severe ice, fog and frost, lasting much of the day in some sheltered locations with morning lows of -6C to -3C," Mr O'Connor said.

Daytime temperatures tomorrow will struggle to reach 8C. On Thursday, there will be more fog and frost to start the day, with lows of -5C, although it will be milder in the south of the country and near coasts.

And there will be a repeat of similar weather on Friday, with variable cloud and sunshine at times.

After that, Mr O'Donnell said, it would slowly become less frosty at night but would continue cold by day as winds pick up from the south-east, with wintry showers at times, followed by more of the same early next week.

Irish Independent

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