'Dangerous driving conditions' as temperatures plunge to -4 this weekend
An Offaly weather forecaster has warned of the risk of dangerous driving conditions as temperatures tumble this weekend.
Cathal Nolan from the Midland Weather Channel says, "a plunge of very cold Arctic air will become established over the course of the weekend, with all areas seeing temperatures well below the average for late October."
"Temperatures overnight in many areas of the country will see temperatures falling as low as -2 or -3 degrees Celsius, possibly as low as -4 or -5 in some sheltered areas inland. Such low temperatures combined with wet or damp roads will inevitably lead to a risk of icy stretches and dangerous driving conditions. Caution is advised when travelling over the weekend," he added.
He said, "conditions over the course of the bank holiday weekend will be rather mixed at times, though all areas are expected to see above normal sunshine totals, with Sunday expected to be the best day of the weekend."
"Saturday will be a rather shower day especially across the north and northwest of the country where some of the showers are likely to be heavy and possibly thundery, with the showers turning wintry over the high ground, where some snowfall is likely. Further south and east and the showers will be that bit lighter overall. Highest temperatures of just 4-7 degrees Celsius though feeling even colder in a fresh and at times gusty northerly wind."
The meteorologist revealed, "Sunday will be the best day of the weekend with all areas expected to see plenty in the way of sunshine. A few scattered showers are likely in the northwest and for a time in southeastern coastal counties as well. Otherwise dry bright and sunny weather will dominate. Highs of between 5-9 degrees Celsius in light and variable winds."
"Bank holiday Monday is looking a little uncertain at present due to a weather system which is likely to stall somewhere across the western half of the country. It looks like many eastern areas will stay dry throughout Monday, whereas cloudier conditions are likely in the Midlands, with rain likely in Atlantic coastal counties and parts of Munster. Remaining cold with highs of just 6-9 degrees Celsius," Cathal concluded.