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Cold snap is over, but Storm Dennis set to hit capital

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A snow shower in Lucan yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A snow shower in Lucan yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Colin Keegan

A snow shower in Lucan yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Dublin has been hit by difficult weather conditions over the last number of weeks - and that will continue this weekend when the nation is faced with Storm Dennis.

Met Eireann has warned the public to stay tuned for weather warning updates, after the UK Met Office named Storm Dennis and issued a "danger to life" warning.

While no official warning has been issued yet in Ireland, Jonathan McGovern, a meteorologist for Met Eireann, said that it looks very likely that the storm will wreak havoc.

"We advise that people keep up with the warnings closer to Storm Dennis's arrival," he told the Herald.

"The UK Met Office named Storm Dennis, which will arrive Saturday, so for the next few days it's going to be largely unsettled, with low pressure staying to the west affecting our weather.

"On Saturday, and the weekend on the approach to Storm Dennis, it will be very wet and windy, with rain bands associated with that storm passing between the afternoon and evening, with a temperature of 8C to 10C.

"Sunday will be another wet and blustery day with spells of rain."

Since Storm Brendan hit Ireland in early January, the country has seen the tail end of two UK storms, as well as Arctic conditions with snow arriving from Canada and extremely wet and windy weather prevailing.

Across the country this week, sporting events have been postponed, and thousands of houses have lost power. The country also saw a covering of snow in many areas, with Dublin witnessing extreme winds and rain.

While winds of a similar or even greater magnitude are likely this weekend, Mr McGovern said that the bitterly cold weather experienced this week will at least begin to subside.

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Storm Ciara at Poolbeg Lighthouse last weekend. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Storm Ciara at Poolbeg Lighthouse last weekend. Photo: Naoise Culhane

"Showers today will be confined mostly to the north-west and it will clear later in the day towards the east," he said.

"These will ease off today so it won't be as windy, but they'll freshen up again later on in the week.

"Tomorrow looks like it will be mostly showery. It will be warmer though, the cold snap will be finished, with higher temperatures of 4C to 5C in the north and 9C to 10C in the south, it will still feel chilly with the wind though.

"On Friday these winds will strengthen again and a new band of rain will move in."