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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Sleet and snow on the way as cold snap sweeps the country

The snow in Glencullen before the Christmas break
The snow in Glencullen before the Christmas break

Don't put those heavy winter coats and woolly hats away just yet - because the snow is set to return.

Met Eireann predicts temperatures will plunge tomorrow night, bringing with it hail, sleet and possibly snow on higher ground.

Clear skies today will see temperatures dip tonight to -2C, leading to frost and icy patches in the south of the country.

Showers

Tomorrow will be largely dry, but showers in the north-west are predicted to turn wintry, bringing with them hail, sleet and possibly snow on the higher areas.

Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe told the Herald that once the rain subsides, wintry showers will start to hit the country.

"Today will be mainly dry but a bit colder with the possibility of wintry conditions. Tomorrow will be cloudy with rain and drizzle becoming widespread in the evening. Wednesday will see these conditions continue, with showers of hail, sleet and snow across the country," she said.

"Once the rain clears though, it will get much colder.

"Then on Thursday, we will see wintry showers on high ground along with a wind chill factor, mainly affecting the North. Temperatures will probably be 4C or 5C in Ulster and 7C or 8C in the south."

The forecaster added that the wintry wind will make it seem colder than it actually is.

"While temperatures are set to get no higher than 5C in most parts on Thursday afternoon, the wind will make it feel much colder," she added

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