Monday 18 December 2017

Snap back to cold and rain for rest of week

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

SAY goodbye to a balmy Christmas as cold and wind return today for the rest of the week.

After one of the warmest Christmas Days on record at around 13C, temperatures will return to more seasonal values today of between 5-7C.

However, strong winds gusting to between 100-120km per hour and up to 130-140km per hour in the north and northwest will make it feel bitterly cold, Met Eireann meteorologist Joan Blackburn said last night.

Met Eireann issued a wind warning last night as a storm depression moving over the north of Scotland was expected to bring strong winds overnight, especially in Ulster, Connacht and north Leinster.

Heavy rain of between 10-15mm was also forecast overnight, although it was expected to give way to rain in all areas by this morning as well as hail and sleet showers in the north and northwest.

Tomorrow will remain cold although conditions are set to improve for the weekend.

Irish Independent

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