Warnings issued as country prepares for severe cold weather

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Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning for Ireland ahead of what will be one of the coldest weeks of the year.

The weather warning is one of the longest ever issued, spanning from today until next Friday, 2 March.

The weather cheifs say that “exceptionally cold weather is forecast” for next week with a significant wind chill and severe frosts.

Disruptive snow showers are expected from Tuesday onwards, although Galway and the West may not experience heavy snow, if any.

A bright weekend

Tonight will be cold and dry with lowest temperatures of 2 to 4 degrees.

Tomorrow, Saturday will be dry with bright and sunny spells. Cold with highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees in a moderate southeast wind. It will drop to below freezing overnight.

And more of the same is in store for Galway on Sunday, with blue skies and sunshine expected throughout the day. It will become colder, with temperatures of -1 degrees rising to 7 degrees before falling again in the evening.

The bright and sunny spell of weather will continue into next week, but temperatures of -5 degrees are forecast in parts by Tuesday.