Weather forecast for Ireland for the coming week predicts prolonged cold snap
After a mild spell of weather over recent days, the weather is set to turn cold this week according to Met Eireann.
The National Forecaster has a Status Yellow Weather Warning in place and it runs until next Saturday.
Met Eireann is forecasting 'exceptionally cold weather' for next week with significant wind chill and severe frosts. Disruptive snow showers are expected from Tuesday onwards, particularly in the east and southeast.
Tonight will be cold and dry with clearing skies. Lowest temperatures of 0 to -3 Celsius, coldest in Leinster and Ulster. A widespread frost will develop away from the far southwest, where cloud cover may keep temperatures a little higher here.
According to Met Eireann, frost will clear gradually during Sunday morning, to give a cold, dry and mostly sunny day, just patchy cloud in the southwest. Top temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees, best along the southwest. Sunday night will be very cold, dry and frosty with lows of +1 to -3 degrees.
It will still be mainly dry on Monday, with some sunny spells at first, but cloud will thicken from the east with perhaps the odd light snow flurry in eastern areas, later in the day. Very cold with afternoon temperatures of 3 or 4 degrees in eastern counties and around 5 or 6 degrees Celsius in the west and southwest. It will be very cold on Monday night with a severe frost and the risk of snow showers along northern and eastern and southern coastal fringes in moderate easterly winds. Lows of -1 to -4 C.
Met Eireann is forecasting some sunny spells on Tuesday, but cloudier in eastern and southern counties especially with occasional sleet and snow showers and possibly some more prolonged falls of snow in some parts later in the day. Daytime temperatures similar to Monday, in the region of 2 to 4 degrees in the midlands and east about 5 or 6 degrees Celsius in more western and southwestern parts. Very frosty on Tuesday night.
At present, Met Eireann is forecasting that it will be extremely cold with penetrating severe frosts and temperatures struggling to get above zero by day especially in eastern counties from Wednesday through Friday. There will be widespread snow showers at times, most especially in eastern, southern and northern counties and some disruptive accumulations are likely in these areas.