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Country returning to normal and temperatures set to rise gradually through the week

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Country returning to normal and temperatures set to rise gradually through the week

The most recent national update from the National Emergency Co-ordination Unit (NECG) was issued at 7.30am this Sunday and reflects a return to normal for most parts of the country, with temperatures on the rise.

Met Éireann say there will be a gradual rise in temperature going through the week. 

For Donegal this morning it's a grey dull morning, there's patchy light rain expected in the morning and later possibly some sleet showers.

Below is the detailed breakdown from the NECG nationally on the situation - in short it appears that things are returning to normal:

* Met Éireann are forecasting mostly cloudy today with scattered outbreaks of rain.  The rain will be persistent at times - especially near east and south coasts, and may be of sleet over high ground. Moderate northeast winds.

* Temperatures will recover to maxima ranging from 3 to 6 degrees which will continue the process of melting snow and ice. 

* The weather outlook is for a cloudy night tonight with recurring outbreaks of rain.  Good dry spells too.  Slight ground frost forming in places.  Minimum temperatures zero to +3 degrees.  Light variable winds.

* Tomorrow Monday will be a brighter day with still a lot of cloud, but with sunny spells too.  Most places dry apart from passing light showers.  Highest temperatures 5 to 8 degrees.  Light variable winds. 

 * There will be a gradual overall rise in temperatures going through the week with remaining deposits of snow continuing to melt.

* In much of the country conditions are improved, and we expect life to begin to resume its more normal patterns today. 

* However, in parts of the east of the country which were worst affected, the Principal Response Agencies are still in full crisis management mode, prioritising emergency services operations. In the areas with deep snow, it is still going to take some days for conditions to improve. People should take the advice of their local authority, which is coordinating the response in their area.

* The main road network, with some exceptions, is reopened. However, motorists need to exercise caution and drive at speeds appropriate to the conditions. Motorists in urban areas are asked particularly to travel at low speeds and watch for cyclists and pedestrians who may be on the road due to obstruction of footpaths. In some areas with deep lying snow, motorists continue to have severe difficulties.

* Public transport is resuming, with most services getting back to scheduled operations today. Intending service users should check in with operators before starting journeys.

* Many shops are re-stocked and open for business today.

* Schools and educational establishments are expected to re-open tomorrow unless in specific circumstances and areas which remain affected by deep snow and where school bus transport cannot operate. Parents will be informed of decisions by individual schools today.

* ESB continue to work to restore power today to its 6,000 customers in the Wexford area.

* Likewise Irish Water are working to restore supplies and lift restrictions. They are urging people to conserve water everywhere.

* OPW continues to closely monitor sea level forecasts and river levels nationally.

* The OPW High Tide Advisory notice remains in place until Monday due to the period of very high astronomical tides and Local Authorities are continuing to monitor sea level conditions in their respective coastal areas over this period, especially on the East and South Coasts.

* Whilst river levels nationally have been falling over the past circa 2 weeks, some of the smaller, steeper or mountainous catchments in the North East and East of the country have started to rise in the past 24 hours.

* Local authorities are monitoring and the public are advised to closely monitor river levels at www.waterlevel.ie over the coming days and during the period of snow melt, especially in smaller, steep and mountainous catchments that have experienced heavy snow falls.