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Cold snap Ireland under fog warning as country braces for freezing lows of -3C

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People make their way through the fog (stock)

People make their way through the fog (stock)

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People make their way through the fog (stock)

Ireland remains under a nationwide Status Yellow fog warning today after a heavy blanket of fog covered the country on Sunday.

The alert for dense fog, with a risk of a freezing fog in some places, will remain in place until later today at around 1pm.

The fog is part of a larger change in weather conditions, as a cold front extended across the island last week, marking the start of noticeably colder, more wintry weather.

Icy stretches are expected this morning, which will lead to some dangerous driving conditions in certain areas. As the fog slowly lifts, there should be sunny spells, although scattered showers are forecasted in Ulster and along the eastern coasts.

The afternoon will be cold regardless, with highs of only one to four degrees, and being coolest where fog lingers.

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Tonight should be dry for much of the country with a moderate northwest to north wind developing, causing temperatures to fall between -3 and +2 degrees.

The north will see slightly higher temperatures under clouds.

Tuesday is expected to be breezy with scattered showers throughout the morning. However, most parts will experience drier conditions in the afternoon, although there may be outbreaks of rain in parts of Ulster and Leinster.

Occasional rainfall is expected for the rest of the week, with higher temperatures forecasted for Thursday afternoon between seven to 10 degrees.

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