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Dublin: 16 °C Wednesday 21 August, 2019
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Met Éireann puts the country on yellow alert with 'blizzard' forecast

It’s going to be windy out there tonight.

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BATTEN DOWN THE hatches: it’s going to be windy out there tonight.

Met Éireann has issued a yellow alert for the entire country, warning that people should take care as severe winds hit all counties.

Snow is also forecast across much of the country during the night, which Met Éireann has warned could lead to blizzard-like conditions when combined with the strong winds. Roads are likely to become slippery overnight and into tomorrow morning as temperatures remain low.

Winds are expected to reach up to 110 km/h across counties in Connacht and coastal areas of Munster, while winds across the rest of the country will hit between 80 and 90 km/h.

Temperatures are expected to drop to -1 tonight, but Met Éireann has warned it will feel “bitterly cold”.

Any remaining snow is expected to melt away by Tuesday afternoon.

The yellow alert is part of a new weather warning system which has been introduced by Met Éireann to warn the public about potentially hazardous or extreme conditions. A yellow alert means people may be at risk because of their location or activity and should be aware of any potential hazards.

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