Friday 9 December 2016

Get the hats and gloves out: Bitterly cold week ahead with temperatures set to drop to -6 degrees

‘Arctic snap’ to bring extremely cold weather.

Published 22/11/2016 | 12:47

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Temperatures are expected to plummet to -6 degrees in parts of the country this week as a high pressure Arctic weather system settles over Ireland.

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Ice and fog will be widespread over the next few days with freezing fog developing in midland areas.

Flooding water flows past terraced houses in UK
Flooding water flows past terraced houses in UK

Southern counties might see double figures, with highs of 10 degrees, but most counties will struggle to reach 8 degrees during the day.

“Most days this week will see a frosty and foggy start to the day, with lows of -5 degrees. Temperatures will drop to -6 degrees at night,” a Met Éireann forecaster told Independent.ie.

Meanwhile, the weather will be a lot calmer for the rest of the week after winds of up to 100km/h battered the country last night.

It will be sunny in many parts this afternoon, but cloud will linger in parts of the east.

Cars submerged in water in the UK
Cars submerged in water in the UK

Frost will form later tonight and will become sharp and severe.

Motorists are being warned to take extreme care on the roads this week as black ice will be prominent, particularly early in the mornings.

Elsewhere, Storm Angus wreaked havoc across the UK on Monday, causing flooding and travel chaos across many parts of the country.

Many railway lines were also affected by the flooding, with multiple providers reporting delays and blocked lines.

More than 75 flood warnings were put in place, with some schools being forced shut and cars being submerged under water.

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