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National Forecast

26 January 2020 09:28

Today - Sunday 26th January

Cold today with sunny spells and scattered showers of rain or hail, mainly in the west and north. Some will be wintry, especially on hills. This evening, a more organised band of wintry showers will spread eastwards, some falling as sleet or snow in Connacht and Ulster. Risk of thunder also. Highest of 3 to 7 degrees with fresh westerly breezes.

Tonight - Sunday 26th January

Wintry showers in all areas early tonight, but becoming confined mainly to Ulster, Connacht and west Munster later in the night. Some will fall as snow, especially on high ground and in parts of Ulster and Connacht. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +2 degrees with frost and ice in sheltered areas, and moderate to fresh southwest winds

Tomorrow - Monday 27th January

Monday will be cold and blustery with sunny spells and wintry showers, mainly in Ulster, Connacht and west Munster with some of snow, especially on hills and mountains. There'll be a risk of hail and thunder. The east will be mainly dry. Highest temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees with fresh, gusty south to southwest winds.

Outlook

Overview: Cold and wintry at first. Milder from Wednesday, but staying unsettled especially in the west and north.

Monday night:
Very cold on Monday night, with clear spells and a widespread sharp frost. Blustery wintry showers continuing, with falls of hail, sleet and snow. Showers most frequent in the west, with lying snow possible. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +1 degrees, in fresh to strong and gusty west to southwest winds, with gales possible near the north coast.

Tuesday:
Cold and blustery, with sunny spells and wintry showers, mainly in western areas. Showers will be a mix of rain, sleet and hail, with some snow on high ground. Afternoon temperatures of 4 to 6 degrees, in fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds.

Tuesday night:
Clear spells and scattered showers at first on Tuesday night, but becoming more isolated as the night goes on. Some showers will be wintry, mainly on higher ground. Lowest temperatures of 1 to 3 degrees, in moderate to fresh and gusty westerly winds.

Wednesday:
Turning less cold on Wednesday, with a mix of cloud and sunny spells. Generally dry, with some scattered outbreaks of rain, mainly in western and northern areas. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees, in moderate southwesterly winds.

Wednesday night:
Dry in most areas on Wednesday night, but rain will possibly affect south and southeast coastal areas. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 6 degrees, in light to moderate south to southwest winds, fresh along northwest coasts.

Thursday:
Thursday is looking mostly dry with some sunny spells and just a few isolated showers, mainly in the northwest. Continuing mild, with highest afternoon temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees, in light to moderate westerly winds, fresher along northwest coasts.

Thursday night:
Dry for much of the night, but rain is expected to move into Atlantic counties by morning, possibly heavy at times. Light to moderate westerly winds backing southerly and freshening along western coasts. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 4 degrees.