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Regional Forecast for Ulster

Issued at: 21 January 2019 12:00

TODAY - Monday 21st January

Cloudy, windy and wet this afternoon. Cold with highest temperatures of 5 to 7 degrees. Fresh to strong and gusty south-west winds will veer westerly.

TONIGHT - Monday 21st January

Tonight, the rain will soon clear eastwards and it be very cold with scattered wintry showers of rain, hail and sleet and some snow showers, mainly on high ground. Lowest temperatures of minus 2 to plus 2 degrees with frost forming and ice on untreated surfaces.

TOMORROW - Tuesday 22nd January

Tuesday will be very cold with scattered showers of rain, and some hail, sleet and snow showers in the morning. Highest temperatures of just 3 to 5 degrees with moderate to fresh, west to northwest winds.

National Outlook

OUTLOOK: Cold signal through much of this week with frost, icy patches and some wintry precipitation at times. Possibly becoming a less cold later Thursday into Friday, before turning colder again.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Showers will become largely confined to western and northern coasts with a few wintry falls possible across parts of Ulster. Overall dry however but with long clear spells allowing a widespread frost to set in along with icy stretches. Cold, with lows of minus 2 to plus 2 degrees Celsius, in light westerly breezes.

WEDNESDAY: Many central, eastern and southeastern areas will remain largely dry through the day but clouding over after a crisp frosty start. Dull from early on in other areas throughout the day, with showery rain gradually moving in off the Atlantic. Some of this will arrive into the east later too. Feeling cold in light northwest breezes, with afternoon highs of 4 to 8 degrees Celsius (coldest across the eastern half of the country). Some showery rain in parts early Wednesday night, before becoming mostly dry under broken cloud. Cold and frosty where any clear breaks occur at length, but overall a lot of cloud cover about generally. Lows of minus 2 to plus 5 degrees Celsius, in near calm

THURSDAY: There is still some uncertainty with regard to Thursday's forecast, but current indications suggest it will be a cold, calm and frosty start with sunny spells. However cloud, mist and patchy outbreaks of rain are likely to move in across the country from the west. Rather cold after dark, with frost setting in where any clear breaks occur at length. Mist and fog about too, in near calm. Lows of 0 to 5 degrees Celsius.

FRIDAY: Milder than recent days with highs of 8 to 10 degrees, in moderate westerly winds. Rather cloudy with patchy drizzle, mainly showing up across Atlantic counties. The best of any sunny spells are likely across the midlands and east.

THIS WEEEKEND: Current indications suggest it will becoming colder again this coming weekend, but still some uncertainty as to the exact detail as of yet.

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