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National Forecast

Issued at: 24 February 2020 21:20


Very cold tonight, with clear spells and scattered showers, most of the showers in the western half of the country. The showers will become increasingly wintry as the night progresses, with a mix of hail, sleet and hill snow. There is also a risk of thunder, mainly in Atlantic coastal counties. Minimum temperatures 0 to 3 degrees, with frost in sheltered spots. Winds mostly moderate to fresh westerly.

TOMORROW - Tuesday 25th February

Tomorrow, Tuesday, will be a cold and windy day, with sunny spells and widespread blustery showers. The showers will have a wintry mix of hail and sleet, with some snow also, mainly over high ground. There is also a risk of thunder. The showers will affect all areas, but will be most frequent in the western half of the country. Highs of just 3 to 6 degrees, in mainly moderate to fresh and gusty westerly winds. Winds will increase strong to gale force and gusty near Atlantic coasts later.

National Outlook

Summary: Very cold and unsettled for the rest of the week, with occasional showers or longer spells of rain and some wintry precipitation of sleet and snow at times, especially in Ulster and Connacht. Dry, bright intervals also. Risk of frost at night.

Tuesday night: Very cold, with clear spells and scattered showers. Most of the showers will be in the western half of the country and some will be of hail, sleet and snow. There is also a risk of thunder, mainly in Atlantic coastal areas. Min. minus 1 to plus 2 Celsius, in fresh west to northwest winds. Risk of frost and icy patches.

Wednesday: Still very cold, with below normal temperatures. Maximum values only 4 to 8 Celsius, A bright day, with sunny spells, but scattered showers also, some of hail and sleet, with a continuing risk of snow showers, mainly over high ground. Winds mostly moderate to fresh, west to northwest, decreasing light by Wednesday night. Very cold overnight, with sharp or severe frost. Dry in most areas, but some wintry showers will occur, mainly in the northwest.. Min. 0 to minus 4 Celsius.

Thursday: Mostly dry and bright, with sunny spells. Cold, with maximum temperatures of 5 to 8 Celsius, in light to moderate southwest or variable breezes. Later Thursday and Thursday night, outbreaks of rain will extend from the Atlantic, possibly falling as sleet, with hill snow, for a time in the north and northwest, but very patchy in Munster and south Leinster. Min. 0 to 4 Celsius.

Further outlook: Current indications suggest that it will remain very cold and unsettled for the end of the week and the weekend, with a risk of further wintry precipitation and with a risk of frost at night. Dry, bright intervals also.


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