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National Summary

Today

Cold and icy overnight, with further showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow. The snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent in western, northern and midland areas, with further accumulations expected. Scattered thunderstorms are likely also. Lowest temperatures -2 to plus 2 C.

Tomorrow

Cold and showery again tomorrow. Further wintry showers at times, during the morning, but these should fall more as rain or sleet during the afternoon, with any snow confined to high ground. Top afternoon temperatures of 4 to 7 C., but in the strengthening southwest to westerly winds, it will feel colder.

Outlook

OUTLOOK: Temperatures returning to near normal as southwest breezes take hold. Small amounts of rain generally, as high pressure begins to build. TOMORROW NIGHT: A few showers for western and northern counties, some of those still wintry over Ulster and north Connacht. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees Celsius, with moderate northwest wind; frost and ice in parts.WEDNESDAY: Any wintry showers will revert back to rain. Overall the day will be dry with good sunny spells but some scattered showers occurring too, mainly affecting the northern half of the country, particularly Ulster. Highest temperatures 6 to 9 degrees Celsius, with mostly moderate northwest winds.THURSDAY: A mostly dry start, cold and frosty but with sunshine. Outbreaks of rain or drizzle pushing into west Connacht and west Ulster later in the day, other areas holding dry. Relatively mild, with highest temperatures 9 to 11 degrees, with light to moderate southwest breezes.FRIDAY: Mainly frost free. Dry for much of the day with sunny spells - chance of some rain to begin in the west and northwest. Mild, with highest temperatures 9 to 12 degrees Celsius. Moderate southwest breezes, fresh near Atlantic coasts. Current indications point towards dry settled weather next weekend with even milder conditions.

Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

West-Southwest, 22 Knots, Gust 34 Knots, Recent snow, 18 Miles, 1000, Steady

Dublin Airport

Southwest, 18 Knots, Gust 28 Knots, Cloudy, 21 Miles, 1007, Steady

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

West-Southwest, 24 Knots, Wave ht: 3.3 m, The visibility at Tuskar is greater than 10 Miles, 1011, Steady

Roches Point Automatic

West-Southwest, 17 Knots, Fair, 12 Miles, 1010, Steady

Sherkin Island Automatic

West, 22 Knots, Gust 33 Knots, Cloudy, 10 Miles, 1011, Rising slowly

Valentia Automatic

West-Southwest, 13 Knots, Gust 26 Knots, Fair, 14 Miles, 1010, Steady

Mace Head Automatic

West, 30 Knots, Gust 41 Knots, Fair, 6 Miles, 1005, Steady

Belmullet Automatic

West-Southwest, 21 Knots, Gust 35 Knots, Fair, 10 Miles, 1003, Rising slowly

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

Southwest, 25 Knots, Wave ht: 1.6 m, 1006, Steady

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

West-Northwest, 19 Knots, Wave ht: 6.1 m, 1012, Rising slowly

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

West, 23 Knots, Wave ht: 6.3 m, 1000, Rising slowly

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

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Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 1200 Wednesday 25 February 2015 Issued at 1200 Tuesday 24 February 2015

Meteorological Situation at 0900: An area of low pressure continues to track eastwards off Scotland with a strong to gale force, unstable westerly airflow covering Ireland. The flow will moderate during the day as a warm front approaches the southwest coast.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Mizen Head to Erris Head to Malin Head

Wind: West force 5 to 7 and gusty. Decreasing overnight force 4 to 6, backing southwest on Wednesday morning

Weather: Scattered heavy showers of rain, hail, sleet and thunder mainly along northern and western coasts. Rain, mist and drizzle will spread from the southwest tonight.

Visibility: Poor in the showers, rain and mist

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Malin Head to Howth Head to Mizen Head and the Irish Sea

Wind: West force 5 to 7 and gusty. Backing west to southwest tonight and decreasing force 4 to 6. Decreasing further on Wednesday morning force 3 to 5.

Weather: Scattered heavy showers of rain, hail, sleet and thunder mainly along northern and western coasts. Rain, mist and drizzle will spread from the southwest tonight.

Visibility: Poor in the showers, rain and mist

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1200 Thursday 26 February 2015: Strong to near gale force westerly winds along the west coast, but only fresh to strong along the east coast. Patches of rain, mist and drizzle on Wednesday, but more persistent rain will spread from the northwest on Wednesday night. Strong to near gale force westerly winds along the west coast, but only fresh to strong along the east coast. Patches of rain, mist and drizzle on Wednesday, but more persistent rain will spread from the northwest on Wednesday night.

Weather Warnings

National Warning

A cold airmass from Canada bringing snow showers over the next couple of days. In the West and North, several cms accumulation over hills with a few cms at low levels likely. Slight accumulations possible elsewhere. Icy patches.

Gale Warning

Westerly winds will reach gale force at first this afternoon on coasts from Wicklow Head to Carnsore Point to Roches Point and on the South Irish Sea.\n\nWest to Northwest gales will develop overnight on coasts from Valentia to Erris Head to Fair Head and on the North Irish Sea.

Small Craft Warning

West to Northwest winds will reach force 6 or more today, tonight and tomorrow morning on all Irish Sea coasts.