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Cold but sunny week ahead as fog warning issued for all of Munster

Highest temperatures today will reach around six to nine degrees Celsius before frost develops tonight.

LAST UPDATE | Nov 22nd 2021, 6:26 PM

THE WEATHER IS set to turn colder this week as Met Éireann forecasts low temperatures but some sunny spells.

The cold snap comes as a Status Yellow fog warning has been issued for all of Munster. 

The weather warning kicks in at midnight tonight and will remain in place until 10am tomorrow. 

Met Éireann is warning that dense fog developing tonight and lingering tomorrow will lead to hazardous condition on roads. 

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is warning road users that dense fog seriously reduces visibility and makes driving very dangerous. 

Motorists driving in foggy areas are being urged to switch on dipped headlights and fog lamps, reduce their speed and allow an extra safe distance from them and the vehicle in front. 

“If the fog closes in, reduce your speed further and take your time getting to your destination,” the RSA said. 

The RSA is also advising vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists to ensure they are clearly visible to other road users by wearing high visibility clothing and using lights. 

Looking at the general forecast, tomorrow will be mostly dry with sunny spells in the southern half of the country and highest temperatures of six to 10 degrees Celsius.

This week, Met Éireann expects “a good deal of dry weather, but some rain or showers at times”.

On Wednesday, sunny spells and scattered showers will move in from the northwest, with highest temperatures of six to nine degrees Celsius.

Thursday should be a bright and mainly dry day but some scattered showers are likely on north-facing coasts.

Highest temperatures on Thursday and Friday will be around five to eight degrees, with “very cloud and blustery” weather on Friday afternoon.

“Saturday will bring sunny spells and scattered showers with highest temperatures of six to eight degrees,” Met Éireann predicts.

“Sunday will be a bit less cold with rain developing in the west and spreading eastwards.”

Met Éireann is advising the public to be “winter ready” and prepare for risks that winter weather can bring.

To prevent pipes freezing in cold temperatures and protect water supply, exposed pipes can be protected with lagging or a wrapped towel and boilers should be serviced where necessary.

The forecaster advises watching for any weather warnings that are issued during the winter, which can indicate extreme weather like storms or snow.

With reporting by Hayley Halpin

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