Freezing temperatures and snow set to return next week
The weather forecast from Met Eireann for the coming days is initially for wet and windy weather and it will continue unsettled while also becoming noticeably colder.
The weather forecast from Met Eireann says that on Saturday a band of rain will spread east across country during the forenoon. Brighter for the afternoon with sunny spells and passing showers. Showers more frequent later, especially in the west with the chance of hail. Fresh southwest winds today, then later veering northwest and increasing very strong in the west. Highest temperatures 9 to 11 degrees, but turning colder later. Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow Weather Warning for a number of counties for wind from 8pm on Saturday night to 9am on Sunday morning for coastal counties. Read more on the Weather Warning here
The weather forecast says that Saturday night will be very windy with clear spells and passing blustery or squally showers. Cold with gale force northwest winds with some severe gusts. Minimum temperatures zero to 3 degrees. Slight frost in sheltered areas.
Met Eireann says that Sunday will be cold and blustery. A few showers, mainly in the north and northwest, but mainly dry and brighter later. Strong northwest winds will gradually ease. Highest temperatures 4 to 8 degrees
The weather forecast from Met Eireann says that Sunday night will be largely dry with moderate to fresh and gusty northwest winds. Overnight lows of 0 to 3 degrees with frost away from Atlantic coasts.
Met Eireann says that the weather on Monday will be a bright cold day with good dry spells, but showers will occur widely too - especially across the north and west. Then Monday night will be very cold and wintry with occasional - again most frequent across the north and west with possible accumulations in places. Westerly winds will be fresh and gusty with a danger of icy roads.
The weather forecast says that Tuesday it will stay very cold with recurring wintry showers also - the north and west most at risk of accumulations. Sharp frost and ice will be a continuing hazard with sub zero air and ground night time temperatures. Fresh blustery west to northwest winds.
The latest forecast says that temperatures will rise a little for Wednesday and Thursday as winds back to the southwest, but it'll continue very changeable with further showers and spells of rain. Wintry precipitation will be an ongoing risk, especially on high ground.