Met Éireann Weather Warning Ireland: Status orange low temperature warning remains in place as severe frost grips the country

A Met Éireann Status Orange low temperature and ice warning remains in place for 19 counties this morning.

The alert covers counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway, Leitrim and Roscommon.

It is valid until midday today, while the same warning comes into effect again at 6pm this evening for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Munster, Connacht and will remain in effect until midday tomorrow.

The national weather forecaster said Thursday evening will be extremely cold, with temperatures below -5C widely expected, causing severe frost and ice.

Meanwhile, it’s going to be very cold, sunny and mostly dry today with only a few wintry showers in the north and northwest.

Temperatures remain below freezing for most of the day in some parts of the Central Plateau, with afternoon temperatures generally ranging between 0°C and 3°C, but rising a few degrees higher on coastal edges with light north-west winds.

It will be mainly dry tonight but some freezing mist will form, mainly in the Midlands when winds are light and variable.

Lowest temperatures again reach -5 °C widely and reach -7 °C or -8 °C in some Midland areas.

All freezing fog will gradually lift inland on Friday morning, it will start out mostly dry with isolated showers developing in the west and north-west.

Showers will become heavier and more widespread throughout the afternoon over the western half of the country, with the possibility of some isolated thunderstorms and small hail near the northwest coast.

The showers are likely to fall as rain near the coast and turn to sleet and snow further inland.

It will still be very cold, with afternoon highs inland ranging from 0°C to 3°C and a few degrees higher on the coast with mostly light to moderate south-west winds.

After a chilly start to the weekend, the national forecaster said it will become much milder, wetter and windier by Sunday, before gradually cooling down and becoming somewhat calmer over the course of the next week.

Bursts of mainly rain and sleet will continue into Saturday morning but will generally be confined to the coastal areas in the afternoon when good sunny spells develop.

It gets coldest in the northern half of the country with maximum temperatures between 1°C and 3°C, which rise to 4°C to 8°C in the south with a mostly light southerly breeze.

On Sunday the rain, preceded by some sleet with snow on higher levels, will become heavy at times as it pours across the country in the morning.

Scattered showers from the south will follow until the afternoon.

While it will be milder everywhere, afternoon highs will range between 4°C and 8°C in the north and 10°C to 13°C further south as moderate to fresh southeasterly winds turn south and temperatures in the northern parts will continue to rise into the evening . Met Éireann Weather Warning Ireland: Status orange low temperature warning remains in place as severe frost grips the country

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