Sunday 18 August 2019

Cold snap may be over but hail, thunder and freezing temperatures on the way

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The worst of the cold weather may be over but the cause for celebration is slim with hail, thunder and freezing temperatures on the way.

According to Met Eireann tonight will be a bright, blustery, showery day with many of the showers heavy and prolonged, especially in southwestern, western and northern areas.

"Some local hail and thunder [is expected] also. Temperatures 6 to 9 degrees at best and feeling colder in the fresh to strong and gusty West to Northwesterly winds, reaching gale force around Northern coasts this afternoon," the forecaster said.

Tonight the mercury is expected to drop to to zero degrees in parts and Tuesday will bring cold but sunny spells.

On Tuesday wintry showers are also expected in Ulster and parts of Connacht but elsewhere will remain dry, if cold.

Widespread frost is expected with temperatures of minus 2 degrees and a risk of icy patches.

The remainder of the week will bring a mix of wintry conditions and sunny spells.

The AA has issues a caution to drivers over wet conditions on most roads. Motorists are asked to slow down and increase their breaking conditions.

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