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Met Éireann said the three days until New Year’s Eve will be very unsettled. Photo: stock image

Met Éireann said the three days until New Year’s Eve will be very unsettled. Photo: stock image

Met Éireann said the three days until New Year’s Eve will be very unsettled. Photo: stock image

The year is set to end with unsettled weather, though New Year’s Day will offer hope of a brighter 2021 with Met Éireann forecasting dry spells with good sunshine.

The New Year will continue with spells of good sunshine interspersed with some heavy, wintry showers.

Met Éireann has two Status Yellow weather alerts scheduled to end today – with a snow and ice warning in place for eight counties and a wind warning in place for seven others.

The snow and ice warning remains in place until 7am for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Louth, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo.

A wind warning remains in place until 2pm for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry.

Irish coastal waters are also the focus of a Status Orange gale warning with winds reaching up to Storm Force 10.

The UK Met Office has also issued a snow and ice warning for six Ulster counties amid predictions snowfall could cause travel disruption over the next 36 hours.

Across the west and south, power was restored by ESB repair crews to 2,000 homes who lost electricity supplies at the height of Storm Bella, which swept over Ireland on St Stephen’s Day with winds gusting to over 110kmh.

The worst disruption was in Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Clare and Waterford. Coastal flooding was also reported in parts of the west and south.

Some roads were left impassable by heavy rainfall.

Met Éireann said the three days until New Year’s Eve would be very unsettled.

“A cold and blustery end to 2020 is in store though it will remain largely dry away from Atlantic coasts. There will be a continued risk of frost at night also.

“Monday will be blustery with widespread showers of rain or hail, turning wintry on higher ground and highest temperatures of 4C to 7C degrees but feeling very cold in fresh to strong and gusty north-westerly winds.

“It will be another cold and blustery day on Tuesday, with sunny spells and scattered showers, mainly in the west and north and turning wintry at times. There will be a risk of significant ground frost on Tuesday night with temperatures set to plummet to as low as minus 3C.”

“Wednesday will be a cold day but mostly dry with sunny spells, although there will be further scattered showers near coasts in the west and north.

New Year’s Eve and Day will both be extremely cold with some wintry showers. However, both days will be slightly milder with some sunny spells.

The forecaster said: "New Year's Eve will continue cold, dry in many places with sunny spells, but there will be scattered showers in some northern and western coastal counties, some wintry on higher ground. Highs of just 3 to 6 degrees in moderate northwest winds.

"Scattered showers some wintry on Thursday night with clear spells also with frost and icy patches developing once again. Lowest temperatures of 0 to +2 degrees in light to moderate northerly breezes.

"Cold on New Years' Day, most places will be dry with good sunny spells but there will be some isolated showers in coastal areas, Afternoon temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees in light northerly breezes. Frosty overnight once again."

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