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Cold Lang Syne: It's a stormy end to 2020

Two weather alerts set to end today


A man battles strong winds as waves crash over sea wall

A man battles strong winds as waves crash over sea wall

A man battles strong winds as waves crash over sea wall

The year is set to end with unsettled weather, though New Year's Day will offer hope of a brighter 2021 with Met Éireann forecasting dry spells with good sunshine.

The New Year will continue with spells of sunshine with some heavy, wintry showers.

Met Éireann has two Status Yellow weather alerts scheduled to end today - with a snow and ice warning in place for eight counties and a wind warning in place for seven.

The snow and ice warning remains in place until 7am for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Louth, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo.

A wind warning remains in place until 2pm for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry.

Irish coastal waters are also the focus of a Status Orange gale warning with winds reaching up to Storm Force 10.

The UK Met Office has also issued a snow and ice warning for six Ulster counties.

Across the west and south, power was restored by ESB repair crews to 2,000 homes who lost electricity supplies at the height of Storm Bella which swept over Ireland on St Stephen's Day with winds gusting to over 110kmh.


The worst disruption was in Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Clare and Waterford.

Coastal flooding was also reported in parts of the west and south.

Some roads were left impassable by heavy rainfall.

Met Éireann said the three days until New Year's Eve will be very unsettled.

"A cold and blustery end to 2020 is in store, though it will remain largely dry away from Atlantic coasts.

"There will be a continued risk of frost at night also."

Today will be blustery with widespread showers of rain or hail, turning wintry on higher ground and highest temperatures of 4C to 7C degrees but feeling very cold in fresh to strong and gusty north-westerly winds.