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Brr-utally cold Met Éireann warns of sub zero conditions as temperatures set to plummet to -3C

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Frozen fields around Poulakerry Tower House in Kilsheelan Co Tipperary

Frozen fields around Poulakerry Tower House in Kilsheelan Co Tipperary

Frozen fields around Poulakerry Tower House in Kilsheelan Co Tipperary

MET Eireann has warned of sub-zero temperatures as Ireland faces into the first big freeze of the year. 

The national broadcaster has confirmed that a big change is expected in conditions this week as temperatures are set to plummet to a teeth-rattling –3 degrees from tomorrow.

And a Status Yellow rainfall warning remains in place for Connacht, Cavan, Donegal, Clare and Kerry as heavy rain lashed these areas last night.

The alert is expected to be lifted after 2pm.

Forecasters have warned that the heavy downpours "may cause some river and localised flooding" in some areas.

But as the week goes on, a bitterly cold air mass will move in.

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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

“This morning heavy rain will continue across the north and west with an ongoing risk of surface and river flooding,” the forecast reads.

“The rain will move eastwards during the afternoon, followed by scattered showers from the west.

“After a mild start with highs of nine to 12 degrees, colder air will feed eastwards over the country with temperatures dropping back to just four or five degrees by evening.

“Tonight rain will clear from the east coast to leave a cold night nationwide with good dry periods.

“A few rain or hail showers will affect Atlantic coastal counties.

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“Frost and ice will form in some areas, particularly in the east and south as lowest temperatures fall back to between zero and three degrees in light or moderate southwest or west breezes.

“On Wednesday frost and ice will clear during the morning to leave a cold and bright day with sunny spells.

“There'll be a few rain or hail showers, these primarily affecting Connacht and Ulster.

“It will be cold, clear and mainly dry on Wednesday night with mist and fog forming in a light northwest breeze.

"Widespread frost will develop with lowest temperatures of -2 to two degrees.

“It will be mostly dry on Thursday but foggy throughout the day.

“However, occasional sunny spells will develop in places with highest temperatures of five to eight degrees in light variable breezes.

“Thursday night will be mainly dry but cold and frosty, while dense fog will develop in places in near calm conditions.

“Lowest temperatures will generally stay between -2 to three degrees heading into Friday.

“Expect a cold day on Friday with frost and fog lingering in the morning.

“However, it will remain largely dry apart from showers in the northwest, with sunny spells developing through the day.

“It will continue cold on Friday night with lowest temperatures of -3 to one degrees.

“It will remain mainly dry with clear spells but isolated showers will develop overnight.”

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