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Don't put your parkas away just yet – Met Eireann has predicted another snowy weekend for Ireland. 

If you were hoping to get the legs out for a night on the town, you may want to pack some tights, as temperatures are due to reach zero on Saturday.

Showers are expected over parts of Ulster, but some sunny spells are also forecasted.

'It will clear this afternoon and evening with scattered showers following,' say Met Eireann.

'Highest temperatures of 8C to 12C with moderate to fresh southerly winds, later veering westerly and becoming strong in the northwest.'

'Saturday night will be cold and breezy with wintry showers, mainly of rain, hail and sleet, but turning increasingly to snow overnight, especially in Ulster and on high ground.'

Hot water bottles at the ready.

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It's going to be a bitterly cold week, by the looks of things. Met Éireann have just issued a status yellow weather warning for Ireland, with snow and ice predicted.

They updated their website this morning, writing: "Very cold this week with showers of hail, sleet and snow, frequent across the southwest, west and north, where some significant accumulations are possible this evening and overnight."

"There will be widespread frost with icy stretches on untreated surfaces." they added, stating the potential for further significant snowfall on Thursday around the country.

The warning will be updated tomorrow morning, and will be in place until Saturday at 6pm.

Today, we're expecting a cold day with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered wintry showers, as rain and sleet clears eastwards.

There is also a risk of hail and thunder in Atlantic coastal areas, with the western half of the county expecting showers and snowfall.

Maximum temperatures will range from two to five degrees, let's hope we don't get snow like last year. 

Thursday will see sleet and snow continuing across the south of Ireland, but the northern half of the country should remain dry. Severe frost is incoming on Thursday night, with temperatures of just one to four degrees.

Yikes…wrap up warm out there. Hopefully it doesn't drop too far below zero degrees.

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Storm Diana has hit harder than expected with lashing rain and strong winds throughout the day.

And, unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to clear up any time soon.

Met Éireann has issued a nationwide yellow warning for Ireland.

High winds are predicted to gust up to 110 km/hour and there as an increased risk of coastal flooding.

In latest news, southwest counties have been upgraded to an orange alert due to dangerous winds and high seas.

Counties Wexford, Galway, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford have been urged to remain on high alert due to weather warnings.

Southwest winds in these areas may reach as high as 130 km/hour.

Met Éireann has urged southwest residents to be prepared for the anticipated conditions and expect things to grow worse later tonight.

In Dublin, rain has almost reached the eight millimetre mark and continues to pour.

Wind warnings have been issued for tomorrow and people are recommended to stay inside on Wednesday.

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue for a few more hours and will most likely cause surface flooding.

Also, heavy traffic delays are in place. Dublin Port, which was forced to close due to strong winds, has reopened. The quays are heavily congested as well.

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Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning today for five counties, with heavy rain expected to hit the east of the country until Wednesday morning.

The official warning is in place for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath. Motorists have also been urged to take extra care on roads this morning as a result of the wet weather.

Forecaster Pat Clarke said: "The next 24 hours will be the coldest and the wettest."

Clarke continued; "Obviously drivers will have to be careful. There could be some water on the roads and there is the possibility of hail."

A wind-chill factor around coastal areas will contribute to the frosty feel of the weather, with temperatures expected to fall to five degrees.

"There is the possibility of downpours and there may be some thunder mixed in," Mr Clarke said. Dublin Fire Brigade have also issued a road warning:

Unusually, the current inclement conditions have predominantly hit the east coast, Met Éireann says.

The weekend is expected to be far less damp, on Thursday the temperature will rise to 8 degrees and fewer showers will occur.

In terms of traffic, AA Roadwatch has urged motorists to slow down as roads across the country are very slippery this morning:

"Roads are damp or wet in much of the country this morning following overnight rain. It's particularly wet in parts of the midlands and along the east coast."

"When driving on wet roads slow down and leave a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front."

West Munster is getting the best of the weather at the moment, but tonight will be cold with further rain and hail showers scattered nationwide.

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It may have been pretty chilly out this morning, but fear not, the warm weather is finally on its way.

It looks like the warm weather is set to make a very welcome return to Ireland this weekend as forecasters are predicting temperatures of 20 degrees and plenty of sunshine for the bank holiday weekend.

We will finally experience some good weather after what felt like the longest winter in history. Forecasters have said temperatures could reach up to 22 degrees.

Met Éireann stated that temperatures will be highest in Leinster, Munster and east Ulster.

You can put away the raincoats and umbrellas for the weekend because the rain is set to stay well away for the May bank holiday.

“A warm front will move up over Ireland on Thursday bringing in milder weather for the rest of the week and over the weekend,” said Met Éireann.

We’ll have to put up with the cooler weather for another couple of days, but the sunshine is on its way.

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Thanks to the fine weather we’ll be able to leave the house this bank holiday weekend. It’s time to put away the blankets and enjoy the sweet sunshine for a change.

Spending time outside is bound to put a spring in your step. Head out to your local park, or maybe brave the beach. Just make sure you make the most of the sunshine this weekend.

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The weather has been muggy AF lately, so we were delighted to see that Met Éireann predicts that today will be warm, sunny and fresh.

The national forecaster predicts that today temperatures will hit a high of 21 degrees Celsius across the country. 

The warm weather will be accompanied by fresh breezes, however some coastal areas will have to put up with cloudy, drizzly conditions.

'Today will be largely dry with good sunny spells for much of the country,' said Met Éireann. 

'Cloudier conditions will persist for a time in the east and south with patches of mist, drizzle and fog affecting coastal areas.'

'Highest temperatures will range between 17 and 21 degrees, the warmer weather in the midlands and west.'

'Winds will be light variable at first but will increase moderate to fresh southerly during the day.'

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When it comes to the weather, we never truly know what to expect, and this weekend is a perfect example of how WEIRD things get. 

This weekend you will need a raincoat, sunglasses as the weather is going to be HOT but a bit all over the shop. 

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According to Met Éireann, "Saturday will be warm, humid and mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Highest temperatures of 19 to 23 degrees with moderate to fresh southerly breezes."

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Sunday will bring us more scattered showers with humid conditions and temperatures ranging from 17 to 19 degrees. 

While temperatures are set to reach 24 degrees in some areas of the country, we are also advised to expect rain and strong winds.

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So, basically expect all four seasons in one weekend.  

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Storm Frank hit Ireland with a vengeance on Tuesday, leaving many families along the south and west coasts of the country in dire straits.

As well as power outages, road closures and gale force winds, hundreds of homes were left severely flooded.

In a touching move, a five-star Cork hotel has opened its doors to those affected by the aftermath of Storm Frank – and his successor, Storm Gertrude.

Taking to Twitter yesterday, the Castlemartyr Resort Hotel said it would do its utmost to offer accommodation to locals in the area who were forced out of their homes due to storm damage.

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Posted by Castlemartyr Resort on Wednesday, 30 December 2015

"Due to the flooding in Castlemartyr we would like to extend accommodation to families in need!

"Please contact Cathal Lynch, General Manager or Castlemartyr Community Council whom we are liaising with!" a post on the luxury hotel's Facebook page stated.

The post has had thousands of likes and shares, with many expressing their delight at the hotel's kindness during what is no doubt an extremely busy time of year.

Yesterday many residents in the south of the country took to social media to share images of just how extreme the weather had become:

Here's hoping our crazy winter weather ends soon.

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Storm Desmond might have a pretty lame-o name, but it seems first impressions certainly don't count in this case.

Met Éireann have issued weather warnings all over the country today, with severe flooding, gale force winds and "incessant" rainfall forecasted for tonight and tomorrow.

The highest warning level – a Status Red – is in place for Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry, with homes and businesses told to prepare for flooding and "remain vigilant."

It's certainly bad news for the village of Dingle in Kerry, which will house thousands of revellers and many international musicians this weekend for the annual Other Voices gathering. 

Luckily there's no sign of Storm Desmond there just yet:

Residents in Cork, Limerick and Cavan have been put on Status Yellow alert and told to expect heavy rain, while those in Leinster have been told to expect strong winds of up to 100 km/h.

Parts of South and West Ireland were already victim to traffic chaos yesterday as flood water spilled onto roads in Cork, Wexford, Wicklow and Limerick.

The floods were worst in Waterford, where a number of local roads were closed due to flooding and even landslides.

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So, to summarise, it's going to be a wild and windy weekend.

Our suggested solution? Tea, TV and your cosiest PJs.

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Storm Barney and his 125 km/h winds had barely died down when the first signs of snowfall hit the country last week.

And it looks like the extreme weather is not over yet, as it's just been reported that there's a washout weekend ahead for Ireland.

November will finish up just as it started – with lashing rain, harsh winds and the odd flood.

Although the weather is currently quite mild, Met Eireann warn that heavy rainfall will be "widespread" across the country this evening, along with strong blustery winds. 

Temperatures will remain just above freezing, hovering between 1 and 5C.

If you were planning to start your Christmas shopping come Saturday, you might want to think twice before heading outside, as there's more heavy rain expected, and danger of "gale force winds."

To top it all off, there are "risks of spot flooding" predicted for Sunday. Charming.

It's been a fortnight of harsh weather, as this day last week saw the first snowfall of 2015, though thankfully it was short-lived.

Monaghan, Derry and even various parts of Dublin were graced with the first flurry of the season – people in Sandyford, Rathmines, Clontarf, Donaghbate and more all reported seeing snowflakes falling.

And just days beforehand, the country bore the brunt of Storm Barney, with almost 50,000 people left without power due to fallen power lines.

Oh Ireland, when will you let us catch a break?

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Wrap up warm people, because it's set to be a chilly weekend.

How do we know? Well, it's still only Friday afternoon and the country has already been hit with a snow shower.

Monaghan, Derry and even various parts of Dublin were graced with the first flurry of the season today – with people in Sandyford, Rathmines, Clontarf, Donaghbate and more all reporting seeing snowflakes falling.

We know, right? It's waaaay too early for this madness, and apparently it's not even over:

According to Met Éireann, temperatures will drop to between 0 and 3 degrees Celsius tonight, with ground frost expected and similar conditions over the weekend.

And in true Irish style, there'll be wind and rain to boot, so prepare to face every element possible over the coming days.

Earlier this week, the country bore the brunt of Storm Barney, with almost 50,000 people left without power as winds reached speeds of 129km/h.

Can we go back to summer now please?

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A very long winter could be ahead for us poor Irish folks, if a certain weather predicition is to be believed.

The earlier-than-usual arrival of a migratory swan from Siberia to the UK has been taken as a strong sign that a harsh winter is on the way for Western Europe.

A flock of over 300 Bewick swans migrate each year from Arctic Russia to a natural reserve in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, with their arrival usually heralding the beginning of the winter season.

The first of this year's flock arrived on Monday October 13, the earliest appearance since 1963, and 25 days ahead of last year's date.

An old Russian proverb, based on the belief that migratory swans fly ahead of cold weather, states that "the swan brings snow on its bill."

Before you go panic-buying woolly jumpers though, it might be best to wait, because so far only one swan has touched down at the reserve.

"Of course, we can't infer much from the arrival of a single swan but it's certainly exciting this bird has arrived so early," Slimbridge swan expert Julia Newth told the Daily Telegraph.

"It's only a year old and because it has made it all the way here on its own, we assume that it must have come to Slimbridge last year with its parents."

The lone young swan has been named Record Breaker in honour of his speedy flying.

in other extreme weather news, the weather phenomenon that caused our snowy winter six years ago is at its strongest ever.

The El Nino effect, which occurs when ocean temperatures rise in the eastern Pacific, causes knock-on effects around the globe.

Met Eireann has yet to predict any snow (thank GOD), but ground frost has been forecast for the rest of the week.

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