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A scene from the Slieve Blooms, yesterday. Kathy Dunne
no let up

Frost, ice, snow, and now a wind warning.. Have a nice weekend, Ireland

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Updated at 12.25pm

IN CASE YOU were expecting a let-up in the icy weather, this is the medium-term outlook on Met Éireann’s website at the moment:

“Cold weather will stay in place over the weekend and will continue well into next week.”

It won’t be too bad today, ‘Cold and breezy’ is the theme — with rain showers and some wintry flurries on higher ground.

Tonight will be extremely windy, however. A ‘yellow’ wind alert has been issued for the entire country, with the following advice:

“Northwest to north winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 64km/h and will gust 90 to 109km/h this evening, overnight and tomorrow.”

The warning was issued at 10am, kicks in at 9pm tonight, and lasts until 6pm tomorrow.

The rest of the weekend looks a little harsh, too.

It will drop as low as minus four on Saturday night in some areas, with “wintry showers overnight, mainly in parts of the west and the north”. Frost and ice will also be a threat.

After an icy start, it will only struggle up to between 3 and 6 degrees on Sunday. Then we’re in for another freezing cold night, with some areas seeing the mercury drop to -5.

“Once again coastal counties of the west and the north are most at risk of wintry showers, elsewhere it will be drier with long clear spells and frost and ice will return.”

It will be cold and rainy on Monday, with the snow and sleet gradually clearing on Tuesday, according to the latest predictions from the weather service.

Further ahead…

“…it looks like that the rest of next week will remain cold both at day and at night, but with a good deal of dry weather.”

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