Status Orange weather alert as thick fog covers country

Motorists are being urged to drive with caution
Motorists are being urged to drive with caution

Motorists are being urged to drive with caution following a Status Orange weather alert which was issued by Met Eireann.

Meteorologists at Met Eireann are expecting dense fog to spread across the country this afternoon which will continue into this evening and tonight. 

"The fog will become fairly widespread this evening and early tonight and will be dense in places," they said. "Some pockets of freezing fog are likely also."

Tonight will be cold once again with frost, ice and freezing fog returning, they added. The adverse conditions, together with the dense fog, will make driving more hazardous. 

AA Roadwatch are warning motorists to be mindful of the dangerous driving conditions.

Later this evening, it will be dry apart from a few wintry showers on the northwest and possibly the east coast.

There will be light variable or northerly breezes in many areas tonight, but a fresh and gusty northeasterly will develop later tonight, in southern and eastern coastal counties.

Temperatures are expected to be minus 3 in places.

Tomorrow will be quite blustery in eastern and southeastern coastal counties, with strong to gale force and gusty north to northeasterly winds, along with some heavy rain, which may fall as sleet in places. It will be breezy, brighter and drier elsewhere, with some hazy sunshine at times.

Most of the country will be dry on Monday night but rain may continue in the southeast for a time and also on parts of the west and north coast. A breezy night with strong northeast winds persisting in the southeast, reaching gale force along the southeast coast.