Wednesday 16 January 2019

Temperatures to hit minus one as storm rolls in

Winter storm is approaching
Winter storm is approaching

Don't put those woolly hats and scarves away just yet - a sub-zero winter storm is expected to hit the country this week.

Met Eireann said gales and polar showers will sweep across the country from tonight, with risks of flooding on Atlantic coasts.

The west and north are expected to be the worst affected.

According to the national forecaster, temperatures will plummet to a low of -1C.

Tonight will be very windy, with showers turning increasingly cold.

Tomorrow will be even more severe, bringing a combination of hail, sleet and snow, with a possibility of thunder.


A Met Eireann spokesman told the Herald that the weather will take a further turn on Wednesday.

"There is potential for severe weather on Wednesday night and into Thursday, with a deepening depression approaching," he said.

"There will be even more strong winds and heavy rain.

"If the deepening depression takes over, it might be milder for a little while before turning cold again for the second half of the week.

"There is no need for a weather warning yet, but the west and north will be the worst hit."

Met Eireann added that there is still a possibility that Dublin will be hit by wintry showers.

"Temperatures in Dublin will be 3C to 5C during the day and just below freezing at night," said the spokes- man.

"There will probably not be snow in Dublin, but I can't say for certain.

"In other parts of the country there may be heavy snow in local areas, especially on high ground."

Meanwhile, AA Rescue is warning that a big increase in breakdowns is possible early this week.

"Whenever we talk about a dip in weather conditions, older cars or those with less reliable batteries are always the first to feel the impact," said the AA's director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan.

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