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Irish weather: Arctic blast of snow and sleet on the way as Met Eireann issue weather warning

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 12/01/2018 Anita McSorley

a close up of a device: Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Ireland looks set to be hit with a new wintry blast next week.

Met Eireann have forecast snow and sleet for Monday and Tuesday, with the north and west likely to be worst-hit.

There will also be a dramatic temperature drop with a wind chill effect making it feel even colder.

This comes as a freezing blast of air moves in from the Arctic.

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A forecaster said: "Early next week will become increasingly blustery and showery with showers turning wintry later on Monday into Tuesday with falls of sleet and snow increasingly more likely.

"The focus of the wintry showers will be across the north and west with some accumulations likely - but all areas will be at risk with some thunder occurring locally too.

"It will feel much colder, with maxima of only 3C to 6C but feeling even colder with an added wind chill effect.

"There will be frost and ice also, mainly for sheltered areas owing to sustained brisk winds."

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The Arctic conditions will come after what is expected to be a stormy weekend.

Met Eireann have issued a weather warning and say up to 50mm of rain could fall, leading to spot flooding and dangerous driving conditions.

The status yellow alert affects nine counties - all of Munster, as well as counties Galway, Mayo and Sligo.

It comes into force at 3pm and remains in place for 24 hours, until 3pm on Saturday.

Warning what is to come, Met Eireann said: "Heavy rainfall is expected later Friday, overnight and into early Saturday with falls of 30 to 50mm expected."

Talking about today's overall weather, a forecaster said: "It'll become windy through the day with strong and gusty southeasterly winds developing.

"Mainly dry at first but rain and drizzle will move into west and southwest coastal areas later this morning, turning heavier this afternoon and extending into remaining parts of Munster and Connacht. Spot flooding is likely.

"It'll remain dry across many other areas until after dark. Afternoon temperatures will range from 6C to 9C.

"A spell of heavy, persistent rain will continue to move eastwards this evening and early tonight, with the ongoing risk of spot flooding and surface water, especially across the southwest and west.

"Still rather windy in fresh and gusty southeast winds. Low cloud and mist in parts too. Frost free with lowest temperatures ranging 5C to 8C."

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Looking ahead to the rest of the weekend, Met Eireann said it will be "unsettled".

They said: "A wet start on Saturday across much of Ulster and Leinster, with further outbreaks of rain.

"The rain will tend to become confined to eastern areas later in the day, but rather persistent here with local spot flooding and fresh onshore winds.

"Elsewhere it should become largely dry with some brighter spells, though mist and fog patches will persist locally with slacker winds and highest temperatures will range 6C to 10C.

"Whilst it will be mostly dry overnight, misty or even foggy conditions will set in, all in near calm. Frost in parts too, that's where skies remain clear and lowest temperatures will range -1C to 3C

"Wet and windy later Sunday into Sunday night; much colder into next week with brisk westerly winds and wintry showers."

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