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Dublin: 6 °C Tuesday 25 April, 2017
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Severe downpours: The weekend weather forecast isn't particularly good

If you’re planning to go out, it’s a good weekend to stay in.

 

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A WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued by Met Éireann, with forecasters warning that the cold and unsettled weather will continue over the weekend.

According to the advisory, in effect until 6pm this evening:

There will periods of heavy rain, with some severe downpours at times, especially in southwestern, western and northwestern counties with spot flooding. Some falls of sleet and snow at times there also.

Separately, a yellow alert rain warning for Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry also lasts until 6pm, with locals advised:

Some very heavy downpours at times through the rest of today, tonight and tomorrow. Totals of 30 to 40mm and possibly larger on hills and mountains.

It will stay cold and cloudy overnight, with temperatures dipping to zero.

There’ll be some heavy rain around tomorrow – with temperatures of just 4 to 8 degrees.

And after a night of sub-zero temperatures in some areas on Saturday, we can expect outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow on Sunday morning.

According to Met Éireann:

It will become dry in most areas during the day with some sunny spells developing but still a scattering of showers about.

The weather on Monday will be a little bit better, as the showers die out.

And there’s some even better news still on the horizon. We may get some temperatures into the mid-teens next week, apparently (but it will probably still be wet).

The Road Safety Authority has also issued a warning to motorists urging them to take more care if driving this weekend. The group want drivers to slow down and give themselves more stopping distance between them and the car in front.

A spokeswoman said: “After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes. Also, watch out for black ice. If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, black ice one of winter’s worst hazards: It’s difficult to see and is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely. It can occur especially in shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls.”

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