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Foggy due 'Dense fog' and frost to cover Ireland tonight as Met Eireann issue alert

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Foggy cold weather (stock)

Foggy cold weather (stock)

Foggy cold weather (stock)

A blanket of dense fog is set to descend on the country tonight as Met Eireann issued a nationwide weather alert.

The national forecaster revealed the fog, which could be freezing in parts, will hit Ireland after several days of cold weather.

Met Eireann say the warning will be in place from midnight Saturday until 10am on Monday.

Chilly conditions caused the country to shiver yesterday as Ireland experienced the first blast of wintry weather, with icy roads in places.

It was coldest inland where the mercury fell to a teeth-rattling -1.5 degrees in Mullingar, Co Westmeath while it dropped to -1.4 degrees in Dunsany, Co Meath.

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Cold weather (stock)

Cold weather (stock)

Cold weather (stock)

Looking ahead to today, forecasters say it'll be another cold day with daytime highs of just five to seven degrees before plunging to lows of -3 degrees tonight.

A Met Eireann forecaster cautioned: "Cool with afternoon temperatures of just 5 to 7 degrees, and becoming cold early in the evening. Moderate to fresh northerly winds, strong for a time in coastal areas, will ease later.

"Very cold and mainly dry tonight with clear spells. However, isolated showers will continue in eastern and western coastal counties.

"Lowest temperatures of -3 to +2 degrees, coldest over the northern half of the country. A widespread frost will develop overnight and dense fog will form in many areas in light northerly or variable breezes."

Sunday will see a cold and frosty start with dense fog lingering through the day, though there will be bright spells also.

The outlook is for further "very cold" conditions until midweek with frosty nights but there will be good sunny spells during the day. It will remain largely dry for most with just some showers but more prolonged rain on Sunday night in the southwest.

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