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Dublin: 3 °C Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Bundle up: High winds, cold temperatures and frequent showers forecast

We’ll also have hail, thunderstorms and the odd bright spell. Who says you can’t have it all?

(Image: Teemu Kankkunen in Balbriggan this morning)

WRAP UP WARM as you head out today to protect yourself against another “very cold and extremely windy” day.

Met Éireann has said it expects frequent showers, many of them falling as hail, sleet and snow during the morning, with a risk of blizzard conditions in places. Good news though; later in the day this blizzard will die down turning to rain and hail with any lying snow melting.

Don’t get out the streamers just yet because the showers will be heavy at times, with scattered thunderstorms. There will be a few bright spells and the showers will tend to become more scattered later. Maximum temperatures 6 to 8 or 9 Celsius, with strong to gale force westerly winds, veering northwesterly and gusting to between 75 and 110 km  per hour, strongest along exposed Atlantic coasts.

Tonight, there will be some further scattered showers, most of them in Ulster, Connacht and west Munster, but more isolated elsewhere, with good clear spells. A few of the showers may fall as sleet, mainly over high ground in the north and northwest. Strong northwesterly winds will slowly ease. Minimum temperatures 0 to 3 Celsius, with frost and a risk of icy stretches.

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