THE first real cold snap of the winter is set to hit on Thursday.
Those woolly scarves and hats will finally get an airing towards the end of this week, forecasters have warned.
After a mild start to December temperatures are set to dip towards freezing.
All parts of the country can expect rain, with small quantities of snow possible in the north west.
Pat Clarke, forecaster with Met Eireann, told the Herald: "The weather is going to be fairly settled for the first few days of the week. But then later, it's going to turn a lot colder.
"So we are looking at much colder conditions by about Thursday until the end of the week, and a lot more frost.
"We have had a very benign set of circumstances over some of the last month or so. We have not had much rainfall in the eastern half of the country. It's been largely settled over the last couple of weeks.
"There's been some frost, but not a lot, and so later in the week it will change from the very settled weather we have now.
"It will get colder and quite windy, on Thursday and into Friday.
"There could be some wintry showers over Ulster, but the main feature will be a change in regime from relatively mild settled conditions to much, much colder frostier conditions."