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Get the umbrellas out and ready: Met Eireann has issues a rainfall warning for 18 counties amid cautions that up to 40mm of rain is to be expected.

Leinster and Munster have received the warning, which is in place from 7pm this evening until 7am on Friday morning.

The national forecaster said in a statement to the Independent: "Heavy Rain will spread from the south Thursday evening and night.

While much of today will likely remain clear and dry, "heavy rain will develop in the south and will spread northwards over the southern half of the country by nightfall" with maximum temperatures of up to 22C.

"Heavy rain will spread from the south Thursday evening and night," the national forecaster warned.

"Accumulations of 25 to 40mm will occur over a relatively short time period. Spot flooding is likely," a Met Eireann forecaster said.

Munster is predicted to be the worst affected, as downpours will be heavy with a risk of localised flooding in many areas.

Heavy rain will continue on Friday morning nationwide with a risk of thunder and temperatures of 13C.

The bad weather looks set to continue into the weekend, which is a shame considering the many events taking place in Dublin. Playstival in Airfield Estate and the Wine and Cheese festival in Eatyard are scheduled to go ahead.

Rain will persist in northern parts of the country throughout Saturday and Sunday.

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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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A weather warning will be in place from 6am on Tuesday, as Met Eireann forecasts ice and snow for the nation. 

The yellow weather warning extends for five days,  from Tuesday 6am to Saturday 6pm. 

'Very cold this week with scattered wintry showers, frequent across the southwest, west and north,' warns Met Eireann. 

'Some accumulations of snow are expected. There will be widespread frost at night with icy stretches on untreated surfaces.'

'There is the possibility of a more significant spell of sleet/snow on Thursday.'

Stock up on essentials (Dairy Milk, Tayto, Gin and tonic – you know yourself), and prepare for the snow on Thursday, lads. 

 It's always wise to heed warnings and take care when driving in freezing temperatures.

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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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We've been too lucky with the weather lately, but sadly our luck is about to change. 

Met Eireann have issued a weather warning ahead of stormy conditions tonight. 

The Emerald Isle can expect heavy rain and gale force winds tonight and tomorrow. 

The status orange warning has been issued for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo, while a status yellow warning is in place for Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Clare and Kerry.

'On Wednesday evening and night and for a time on Thursday morning, south to southwest winds veering westerly, associated with Storm Hector, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/hr with gusts of 110 to 125 km/hr. Winds will be strongest in coastal areas,' say Met Eireann.

The weather warning will remain in place until tomorrow. 

Things are expected to brighten up in time for the weekend. 

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Just when we thought we were in the clear, the goof folk over at Met Éireann issue the entire country with a Status Yellow weather warning for the remainder of the Bank Holiday Weekend. 

Woop-di-do! 

Heavy rain, strong winds, and plummeting temperatures will the stars of the show, with snow and sleet also forecast for tonight. 

An additional warning has been put in place for counties Wexford, Wicklow, Cork and Waterford, with extremely heavy downpours expected. 

And it looks like the wet weather is here to stay with widespread showers expected throughout next week. 

However, if early indications are true, we can look forward to balmy temperatures if 13 to 14 degrees next weekend – so at least we have something to lok forward to. 

 

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The weather has been far from cute lately, and sadly the Ester weekend may be no different.

While today will be mostly dry with a few sunny spells, there will be some scattered showers, particularly in the east. Temperatures will remain around 7 to 10 degrees Celsius.

Be especially safe Sunday night, as heavy rain is expected in the southern counties, and will travel northward overnight and into Monday.

A status yellow weather warning is in place from 6pm Sunday April 1 to 6pm Monday April 2.

Frost, hail, and thunder risks are all possibilities over the Easter weekend.

Hailstones especially can make driving quite hazardous due to their unpredictable and localised nature.

If you find yourself in a downpour of hailstones, you are advised to reduce your speed without braking and to increase your braking distance.

As well, you should use your headlights (don’t forget, your daytime running lights only give light to the front of your car) and, if need be, warn other drivers with hazard warning lights.

Drivers are also recommended to switch off cruise control when driving in treacherous conditions and avoid sudden steering movements or braking suddenly.

Stay safe out there gals.

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We're sad to say that snow might be on the horizon for this year's St Patrick's Say festivities. 

A status Yellow weather warning is currently in place for Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan was snow showers loom.

The warning will be active from now until midnight on Sunday. 

'Advance warning for cold weather this weekend with low-temperatures, snow-showers, snow-accumulation mainly Saturday night and Sunday,' reads Met Eireann's description of the impending weather. 

Temperatures as low as -4C are expected around Dublin.

While the snow may cause transport issues for many, hopefully we don't see a repeat of the Beast from the East. 

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Just when we thought the weather may have taken a turn for the better, fresh warnings from Met Éireann indicate that the wintery spell isn't going anywhere just yet. 

A Status Yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Letrim, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary and Waterford. 

Forecasts show that snow showers could occur from Monday evening, with accumulations of 3cm expected in some areas. 

As a result, treacherous road conditions are expected by Tuesday morning and motorists are being urged to exercise extreme caution. 

Tuesday afternoon will see highs of three to six degrees, though a brisk northwesterly wind will make it seem colder.

It will become cold and frosty again that night, though winds are expected to ease. 

It's a similar story for the rest of the week with cool temperatures, wintry showers and fresh breezes all expected – wahey!

Will it ever end? 

 

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Rain, hail and wind; when will it end?

Well, not any time soon for the people of Kerry, with Met Éireann issuing a Status Yellow weather warning for The Kingdom today.

The weather warning refers to substantial rainfall in Kerry, with forecasters predicting accumulations of 25 to 40mm with the highest totals in the mountains.

The warning will take effect from today at 4pm, and will remain in place until 9am tomorrow morning.

In addition to highlighting the warning on their official website, the message was confirmed on Twitter.

Sounds like a night for the couch, so!

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As of 8pm tonight, a Status Yellow weather warning will be put in place for the entire country.

Forecasters have warned the public that strong winds and persistent rain is to be expected over the next 24 hours, with the warning to remain in place until 6am tomorrow.

Taking to Twitter, the national forecasters confirmed: "Southwest winds are expected to reach mean speeds of between 55 and 65 km/hr, gusting to 110 km/hr at times on Tuesday night."

"Outbreaks of rain will reach the west this evening and will spread across the country overnight. The rain will be heaviest and most persistent in the west and northwest but rather patchy elsewhere," reads the official website.

It is understood that winds will increase fresh to strong in a south or southwest in direction while tomorrow will see blustery weather with patchy rain.

This is set to become heavy and more persistent in the north and northwest of the country.

If anyone needs us, we'll be by the fire.

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If you’re an early bird, you may have noticed the thick blanket of snow that has engulfed much of the country over night.

Thanks to the snow, motorists are advised to take care on the roads.

Snow, ice and compacted snow are a danger to drivers as a result of Storm Fionn.

The Road Safety Authority and AA Roadwatch have urged motorists to take care on the roads.

A number of weather warnings are in place around the country today.

A Status Yellow snow and ice warning is in place for the entire country and will not be lifted until 9am.

A Status Orange wind warning is also currently in place for counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Donegal, Leitrim, Cork and Kerry is in place until 3am.

Gusts of up to 120 km/ph are expected.

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