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Deep freeze Met Eireann issues weather warning as temperatures to plummet to -5 degrees

The national forecaster warned of widespread severe frost with icy patches developing as freezing cold temperatures are to persist throughout Wednesday.

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The word cold written on a frozen car screen

The word cold written on a frozen car screen

The word cold written on a frozen car screen

Met Eireann has issued a low temperature and ice weather warning as temperatures are expected to plummet to as low as -5 degrees tonight.

A Status Yellow warning is in place for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford and Clare from 6pm tonight until 10am on tomorrow.

The national forecaster warned of widespread severe frost with icy patches developing on untreated surfaces as the freezing cold temperatures are to continue throughout Wednesday.

Met Eireann say temperatures will be well below normal this week with widespread and severe frost and ice.

Showers of rain, hail, sleet and even snow will hit two of the provinces for much of today while temperatures are set to plummet overnight.

"Tonight will be bitterly cold with widespread severe frost and ice. While most areas will be dry with clear spells, scattered wintry showers of hail, sleet or snow will affect eastern and south-eastern counties. Lows of -1 to -5 degrees, coldest in Connacht and Ulster. Some freezing fog patches may form in the light northerly or variable breezes.”

Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, a Status Yellow ice warning has been issued for counties Antrim, Armagh, Down and Derry.

It will remain in place until 10am on Wednesday.

A Met Eireann forecaster added: “Frost, ice and freezing fog patches clearing very slowly, tomorrow, Wednesday, and lingering in some parts.

“Many areas dry again, but scattered wintry showers will continue to affect eastern and south-eastern counties.

“Daytime highs of 1 to 4 degrees with light northerly or variable breezes, but temperatures remaining sub-zero in parts of the midlands and west. Cloud will increase from the northwest during the afternoon, ahead of evening rain developing in Connacht and west Ulster.

Outbreaks of rain in the west and northwest will edge south-eastwards over the country on Wednesday night, turning to sleet and snow in places, particularly across parts of midlands and north leading to poor travelling conditions."

It will be mostly cloudy to begin with on Thursday with a decaying band of rain, sleet and snow continuing to push south-eastwards of the country preceded by frost, ice and patchy freezing fog.

Brighter conditions with sunny spells will gradually extend to all areas from the northwest during the afternoon, with showers becoming largely confined to coastal counties of Connacht and Ulster.

Many areas will be dry on Friday with sunny spells. However, wintry showers of rain, hail and sleet may affect western, northern and eastern coasts.

Frost and ice will slowly clear on Saturday morning but may linger all day in some parts. It will be a cloudier day over the northern half of the country, with patchy rain or drizzle in the west and north.

Sunday will bring a mix of cloud and bright spells. It will be a largely dry day overall but there will be a few patches of rain and drizzle about. Less cold in light to moderate southwest breezes with maximum temperatures recovering somewhat at four to eight degrees.

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