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Cold and rainy... here's what the New Year's Day weather has in store for us

Temperatures will drop to as low as three degrees tonight.

The latest rainfall radar
The latest rainfall radar

IF YOU’RE JUST waking up, best stay inside if you have the choice – temperatures are low, and there are two weather warnings still in place.

There is a status yellow national warning in effect, with a rainfall warning for Cork and Kerry. Rain is due today and overnight, with 25 – 35mm expected. This warning will remain in place until 9am tomorrow.

There is also a status yellow gale warning in force, due to southeasterly gales developing on coastal waters and the Irish Sea.

Met Éireann says that today will be a cold and cloudy day with outbreaks of rain. The rain will be “heavy and persistent” across southern counties, but more patchy elsewhere.

Highest temperatures will reach between seven and 10 degrees.

Tonight, winds will slacken, and temperatures will fall to between three and five degrees. Expect the rain to continue overnight, but it will break up into showers and gradually become drier.

Tomorrow will be drier overall, but temperatures aren’t expected to rise.

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AA Roadwatch says that road temperatures are below zero on a number of routes this morning.

It’s urging people to give themselves time to de-ice their cars this morning – and remember, don’t use hot water as this might crack the glass.

Some roads are closed due to flooding – all the details are on the AA’s website.

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