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Deer seem unfazed by the frosty conditions in Dublin's Phoenix Park yesterday morning, when temperatures fell to -2C. Photo: Fergal Philips

Deer seem unfazed by the frosty conditions in Dublin's Phoenix Park yesterday morning, when temperatures fell to -2C. Photo: Fergal Philips

Fergal Phillips

Deer seem unfazed by the frosty conditions in Dublin's Phoenix Park yesterday morning, when temperatures fell to -2C. Photo: Fergal Philips

Forecasters have warned strong winds and falls of heavy rain are expected in the coming days.

Met Eireann forecasters described the forecast for the coming week as "like a see-saw" as they predicted that a mix of stormy conditions and sunny spells will hit Ireland.

"It is literally like a see-saw," forecaster Klara Finkele said.

Today will start out mild with patches of drizzle and clouds, as temperatures were expected to rise after midnight last night.

"It will have been between 2C to 7C on Sunday night. Today will be generally cloudy but a mild day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, there will also be some good periods of dry spells. Temperatures will be 9C to 11C," Ms Finkele said.

The forecaster said that this rain will clear by tomorrow morning, making way for dry and clearer weather.

But temperatures will continue to drop throughout tomorrow, with a cold night expected on Tuesday.

Temperatures will range between 8C and 9C tomorrow, and rain is expected to sweep across from the west from early morning.

This will have cleared throughout the evening, but is set to return on Wednesday morning, which is expected to dawn with a band of heavy wind and rain sweeping across the country from the south-west from early morning.

"On Wednesday, it will be windy with heavy rain, but mild temperatures are expected.

"Thursday will be quite cold and Friday will be mild with heavy rain," Ms Finkele added.

The forecaster said that the strong winds expected on Wednesday are not a signal of an imminent storm and advised that the conditions expected are quite normal for this time of year and nothing "dramatic".

"This is actually our normal weather for the winter. There is a depression near Iceland, but it's nothing like a hurricane. It is just our normal wet and windy weather," she said.

The news of the milder conditions will come as a relief to motorists after a polar blast left dangerous driving conditions on our roads at the weekend. Temperatures plummeted as low as -4C in parts on Saturday night, with frost in some areas yesterday.

Irish Independent