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Rush Hour

Heavy fog expected in most areas this evening as Orange Alert warning in place

Inland areas are worst affected. The warning will remain in effect until 2am.

Updated at 5.30pm 

Headlights in the mist A car drives through fog and mist towards the statue of Fionn mac Cumhail and his two dogs at the Newbridge junction on the N7 motorway this morning. Eamonn Farrell / Eamonn Farrell / /

HEAVY FOG IS affecting much of the country this evening.

AA Roadwatch is reporting this evening that the fog is particularly dense in areas of LeitrimSligoRoscommonLongfordLaoisKildareOffalyTipperary, WaterfordKilkennyCorkMeathWexford and Westmeath.

There are also heavy patches of fog in Castlebar in Mayo and around Letterkenny in Donegal, the traffic monitoring service says.

Met Éireann’s latest nationwide ‘status orange’ fog warning was issued at midday and remains in effect until 2am.

“Fog with very poor visibilities will linger in many inland areas this afternoon and will become more extensive and dense this evening and for a time tonight,” the weather service said.

Last night, some flights from Dublin Airport were diverted due to thick fog reducing visibility dramatically.

Separately, a ‘status yellow’ rainfall warning will be in effect in counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry from 3pm tomorrow until midday on Saturday.

In other transport news this evening, bus transfers are in operation between Athenry and Galway after what Irish Rail described as a “tragic incident” on the line at Roshill.

Emergency services are in attendance.

There were also delays on the Dublin-Belfast line this evening, while a Malahide-Greystones Dart was delayed at Shankhill (check Irish Rail’s Twitter for updates).

- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha 

Read: Number of flights diverted from Dublin Airport due to fog

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