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Weather crosses all borders

Although the Irish weather often changes suddenly at this time of year, a forecast which can be made with some certainty is that any deterioration will not be neatly restricted to one side of the border.

The decision by Met Éireann to produce a map which highlighted recent specific yellow snow and ice warnings for the Republic, but left all the northern counties shaded in grey, made absolutely no sense.

Residents of the border region, and all those facing significant journeys across the same area, are entitled to expect a reasonable degree of official information about the conditions they are likely to encounter.

Met Éireann deserves credit for taking on board the criticism it has received, explaining its position and indicating that it is ready to incorporate data from its UK counterparts. Temperatures of all descriptions will hopefully return to normal shortly.

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