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Back to normal Ireland weather: 'Widespread rain' and 'unsettled' conditions return after cold snap

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Rainy day

Rainy day

Rainy day

Ireland is finally seeing a reprieve from the freezing conditions that have gripped the country recently.

Sunday will see temperatures creep up as high as eight degrees after chilly days and sub-zero nights.

On Saturday morning, the mercury fell to -8.2 degrees in Mullingar, Co Westmeath and Dunsany, Co Meath while lows of -7.7 degrees were recorded in Mount Dillon, Co Roscommon.

Today will be much milder after a cool start to the day with lingering frost and patchy fog.

A Met Eireann forecaster revealed: "Generally dull and cloudy today with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, most frequent in the west and northwest, but it will be brighter in the south and southeast with sunny spells.

"Highest temperatures of four to eight degrees, coolest in the east. Light to moderate southwesterly winds will freshen in the northwest towards evening."

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People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

It will be cloudy tonight with lows of one to five degrees, coldest in the southeast with some patchy frost developing. Moderate to fresh southwest winds will be strong at times on Atlantic coasts.

"Widespread rain" will batter the country tomorrow with the west and northwest suffering the heaviest and most persistent showers.

It will also be quite dull and cloudy with highs of 8 to 10 degrees in moderate to fresh and gusty southwest winds, strong on Atlantic coasts, veering westerly during the afternoon.

Heading into Tuesday, there is some uncertainty but Connacht and Munster look set for another rainy day, with the showers slowly moving into south Leinster.

A forecaster said: "Mostly dry elsewhere till later in the afternoon or evening with a mix of cloud and sunny spells. Highest temperatures of five to seven degrees over Ulster and Leinster, six to 10 degrees over Munster and Connacht, in generally light southeasterly or variable breezes."

The outlook for the coming week is for "unsettled" conditions with rain and breezy conditions at times but largely dry on Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures will be generally close to normal for the time of year.

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