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Bad weather could dampen turnout

THE sun will not be shining on voters going to the polls, despite temperatures hitting the high teens yesterday.

Rain is expected across much of the country, thanks to a cold front coming in from the Atlantic overnight, according to Met Eireann.

Bad weather does not bode well for an election turnout -- especially among undecided voters.

While staunch party supporters are usually undeterred by inclement weather, so-called soft voters may be.

"There will be a wet start in many parts of the country with hill fog and heavy rain," said Met Eireann's Deirdre Lowe.

"Rain in the west should start clearing at 7am and will move easterly but should by cleared by lunchtime."

She added that there will be showers throughout the country during the day with some heavy and persistent rain in the afternoon with intermittent sunny spells.

Temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees are expected.

Evening weather will be coolers and there will still be some showers around, she said.

Irish Independent