UK climate: Half time period washout with rain, sleet and snow

Three warnings are now in place as the wind caution, which was issued yesterday, will affect Munster, Leinster and Galway.

The warning came into effect at 6am this morning and will stay in place until midnight tonight.

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

The rain is set to continue to later this afternoon for the affected areas with the rainfall of today and this evening set to accumulate between 25 and 35 mm rainfall in the specified counties.

A snow-ice warning is in place for the whole country for later tonight and Sunday, with snowfall of up to 3cm expected.

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Motorists have been advised to watch out for slippery roads due to an accumulation of frost and ice overnight, as temperatures are set to drop to -2 degrees. Frost and icy patches will develop also in sheltered areas by morning.

'Most of us will see snow and rain, and there's going to be a lot of wind.

As low pressure moves eastward into the North Sea, conditions will improve and brighten heading into Sunday, but temperatures will remain low in north-western regions. The showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow with a slight risk of thundery burst.

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.

"This will result in falling temperatures and icy patches are likely to develop on some untreated surfaces, especially where any wintry showers lead to wash off of previous treatment".


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