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Weather woes Ireland weather: Freak 'La Nina' system to bring unsettled conditions

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Small child, wearing bright red wellies and jumping in a huge puddle.

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Small child, wearing bright red wellies and jumping in a huge puddle.

Hail, rain and sunshine may mark the arrival of “La Nina”, a freak weather system that will unsettle Ireland all week. 

Much like our Covid-19 situation, Ireland is facing an uncertain times on the weather front.

Met Éireann announced the unusual weather phenomenon on their Social Media channels over the weekend warning at the arrival of some erratic systems.

According to forecasters, La Nina occurs once every few years and disrupts normal weather patterns around the world.

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Rain on the Ha’penny

Rain on the Ha’penny

Rain on the Ha’penny

These weather experts have warned that the conditions in Ireland may be directly affected by the system as it "intensifies" the north Atlantic jet stream.

They wrote on Twitter: "A La Niña event has been declared, how does this affect us? La Niña does not always impact our weather but it can intensify the north Atlantic jet. A strong jet over Ireland can bring cool, unsettled conditions."

These changes in weather certainly appear to be touching down tonight as the country braces itself for everything from light showers to full on hail.

Before midnight widespread showers, some heavy at times in the west will spread across the country with a risk of hail landing.

Lowest temperatures will plummet to 7 degrees with moderate to fresh westerly winds, strong at times along western and southern coasts.

Tuesday promises to bring a mix of some sunny spells and scattered showers to all areas, however the erratic conditions will change to allow for some heavier bursts of rain.

Tuesday’s temperatures will reach of high of 14 degrees and the rain is expected to push on and affect much of Ulster before midnight.

"It is going to be unsettled for the rest of the week," Met Éireann told Sundayworld.com.

"Tomorrow it is going to be mainly showers which will spread across the country and into the west.

"But there is definitely a change in the weather and there has been a drop in temperatures and we will be experiencing colder temperatures from now on."

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