Weather warning: Arctic snap expected to last for the next 48 hours

Southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of between 55 and 65 km/h with gusts up to 110 km/h possible.

The wind alert for Munster, Leinster and Galway is valid from 3pm to 8pm tomorrow.

THE COUNTRY IS facing a wet and windy weekend, as Met Éireann has issued three separate weather warnings.

Sunday will be very cold with more wintry showers on the way particularly in parts of Connacht.

Temperatures will only range between 1 and 4 degrees during the day, going below freezing again overnight.

Tomorrow will be a colder and brighter day for many with spells of sunshine.

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More showers this afternoon will give a total 24 hour rainfall accumulation for today of between 25 and 35 mm.

Monday is forecast to be relatively calm, but will be followed by four days of heavy rain and bitter winds and temperatures across Britain plummet towards sub zero.

"Ice will also be a hazard overnight into Sunday morning and then is expected to return in the evening". Temperatures in the north will be 8C at their highest, with the south-west enjoying slightly higher temperatures of 12C. Frost and icy patches will develop also.

"Ice will develop quite widely as this system moves away and skies clear".

Tuesday will be cold, with good sunny spells and some scattered wintry showers for a time.

There will be fresh to strong, gusty west to northwest winds with temperatures of 9C to 12C degrees, the higher temperatures in the south of the country. Highest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees with moderate westerly breezes.

  • Regina Holmes