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Snow, sleet and strong winds to continue - but temperatures will rise to 13 degrees this weekend

A Status Yellow wind warning kicks in for eight counties at 9pm tonight.

Sheep in the snow at Glenasmole, Co. Dublin
Sheep in the snow at Glenasmole, Co. Dublin
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Updated Feb 12th 2021, 3:14 PM

IT’S BEEN A cold and graupely week across the country, but Ireland will experience comparatively balmy conditions when temperatures increase in the coming days.

The wintry weather will continue into the start of the weekend, with two Status Yellow warnings in place in different parts of the country tomorrow morning, before wet and windy conditions bring a rise in temperatures on Sunday.

According to Met Éireann, today will be cold and blustery again with highs of 2 to 5 degrees Celsius, before a cold and windy night brings lows of -2 to 3 degrees.

A Status Yellow wind warning will kick in for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford at 9pm tonight. It will remain in place until 9am tomorrow. 

Met Éireann has warned that strong southeasterly winds will bring mean speeds of 50 to 60km/h and gusts of up to 90km/h with a potential for coastal flooding. 

Met Éireann has said there will be some sleet and snow in the north and east of the country for a time on Saturday morning, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle from the Atlantic gradually moving across the country as the day progresses.

The forecaster is also predicting highs of 1 to 4 degrees in the north and east of the country tomorrow, but higher temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees in southern and western counties.

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Tomorrow night will see strong to gale force winds and scattered outbreaks of rain, with heavy falls in southern Munster. Temperatures are expected to gradually rise overnight, ranging from 7 to 11 degrees Celsius across the country by Sunday morning.

Sunday will be a wet and very windy day, with spells of heavy rain and gale force southerly winds. Highest temperatures will be 10 to 13 degrees Celsius, and there will be a risk of flooding in the southern part of the country.

Rain is expected to clear northeastwards by Sunday evening, with some scattered outbreaks returning that night, when lows will be 6 to 9 degrees.

With reporting by Hayley Halpin

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