Warning of icy roads as country braces for weekend freeze
The weather forecast for Ireland from Met Eireann for tonight is for temperatures to drop below freezing under clear skies with icy stretches and fog in places.
Later this afternoon and evening, rain in the east will turn persistent with top temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees in fresh north to northeasterly winds.
According to the Met Eireann forecast, this evening and early tonight, persistent rain in the east will spread northwestwards and turn to sleet on higher ground. There is the ongoing risk of hail and thunder. Later in the night the rain will turn more showery.
There will be good clear spells over Munster and later over Leinster and lowest temperatures fall to around -3 to -1 degrees with a widespread sharp frost and icy stretches. Winds fall light with mist and fog patches developing there. However, over Connacht and Ulster lowest temperatures will be zero to +3 degrees with grass frost in moderate to fresh easterly breezes.
According to Met Eireann frost will clear the southwest on Friday morning. There will be scattered outbreaks of rain over the northern half of country at first but a band of rain will soon push into the east and spread northwestwards across the country with the southwest staying mostly dry. Top temperatures will be 7 to 11 degrees in freshening easterly winds.
There will be scattered outbreaks of rain, heaviest across the east and southeast on Friday night. Rather cold, with lows of 2 to 6 degrees. Winds will be mostly moderate easterly, but fresher at times along eastern coasts.
According to the Met Eireann weather forecast, Saturday will be dry and bright day for many across the country with sunny spells. Any lingering overnight rain will soon clear, however, the southwest of Munster will see a few showers. Maxima of 10 to 13 degrees, with the highest values in the west. Cold overnight with clear spells and some frost. Mist and fog patches too. Lows of 0 to 4 degrees Celsius.
Another mostly dry and bright day is on the way on Sunday with sunny spells, but cloudier with the risk of showers near eastern and southern coasts. Maxima of 10 to 13 degrees Celsius, with the highest values once again in the west. Generally dry on Sunday night with occasional mist and fog, but patchy rain and drizzle will affect some eastern and southern coastal counties. Lows of 3 to 6 degrees Celsius.