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Big chill is over -- but stand by for the 105kph winds

A cold snap which saw temperatures plunge to --3C overnight will not continue tonight.

Temperatures plunged freezing overnight in some parts of Ireland as winter took hold with a vengeance.

Freezing fog and frosty weather brought bone-chilling conditions for early morning commuters today as temperatures plummeted before dawn.

There was no doubt that winter had definitely arrived with temperatures of --2C at Baldonnel in County Dublin and --3C in parts of the West.

Met Eireann forecaster Eoin Sherlock told the Herald today that very strong winds are heading for Ireland with gusts of up to 105kph expected in the Dublin area tomorrow at teatime and tomorrow night.

And in the north-west of the country, gusts of up to 125kph could potentially cause damage tomorrow night. "Those kinds of gusts have the potential to knock trees and take tiles off roofs," said the forecaster.



Waves

The very strong winds and stormforce gusts are the result of a low pressure system heading down from Iceland. It is the second bout of strong winds following the stormy weather last weekend when waves off the West coast were whipped up to 12 metres high.

After some sunny spells today, wet and windy weather is expected to spread into coastal areas later this evening. Rain will spread eastwards across the country tonight and it will be heavy and persistent with a threat of local flooding. It will become very windy with gales along exposed coasts.

Tonight, rain will spread eastwards across the country and it will be heavy and persistent with a threat of local spot flooding. It will become very windy, with fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds, which will be gale force along exposed coasts. Lowest temperatures tonight will be 3C to 7C.

Met Eireann forecast that the rain will clear away to the east early tomorrow to give a showery and blustery day. Some of the showers will be heavy or of hail with some drier spells interspersed. Winds will increase in speed during the afternoon and evening and they will become strong to gale force with severe gusts of up to 120kph in exposed areas. Some thundery downpours are threatened.

There will be further showers in the north on Friday morning with the south having some brighter and drier weather for a time. But it will become wet and windy again as rain moves in off the Atlantic during the day.

The rain will be heavy at times and there will be further risks of some local spot flooding.

There will be more heavy showers on Saturday and it will become quite cold on Sunday with more unsettled weather expected.

aokeeffe@herald.ie


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