Traffic makes its way south on the N7 Motorway near Naas in County Kildare. Eamonn Farrell

Be careful out there: Fog warning issued for entire country

Met Eireann expects the fog to be “fairly widespread” this evening.

A STATUS ORANGE weather warning has been issued by Met Éireann this afternoon as meteorologists expect a dense fog to descend across the country.

“The fog will become fairly widespread this evening and early tonight and will be dense in places,” the organisation said at 1pm.

“Some pockets of freezing fog are likely also,” it warned.

An orange warning is the second most-serious one issued by Met Eireann. It asks people to be prepared as the expected conditions “have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas”.

“The issue of an orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions,” the body explains.

Today’s advisory is for the entire country and is active from 1pm to 9am tomorrow.

It is expected to be cold again tonight with frost and ice, as well as freezing fog returning. However, it will be dry in most parts except for a few wintry showers on the northwest and possibly the east coast. Temperatures could dip as low as -3 degrees C.

Wintry, cold conditions are expected again tomorrow with Met Eireann saying it will be “quite blustery” in eastern and southeastern coastal counties. Those living there should also prepare for strong to gale force winds, heavy rain and sleet.

For everyone else, it will be breezy, brighter and drier with even some hazy sunshine at times.

“Top temperatures just 4 to 7 C, at best, and feeling bitterly cold in the wind,” the forecast continues.

The outlook for the week doesn’t bring better news for those who don’t like the cold. But it will be dry and fine with some good sunshine predicted for Wednesday.

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