Friday 30 September 2016

First real frost of the winter hits commuters

John Brennan

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

A sheep with snow on its head stands in a meadow near Apfeltrang, southern Germany. Chilly weather is on the way here too
A sheep with snow on its head stands in a meadow near Apfeltrang, southern Germany. Chilly weather is on the way here too

Commuters took to icy roads this morning after the "first serious frost of the season" hit the country.

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Widespread frost was seen across the country after temperatures plunged as low as -3C last night.

However, after a chilly weekend, there is not expected to be another frost this week.

Temperatures are set to rise slightly as the week progresses, but it will still "feel quite cold" as the country is expected to experience periods of wind and rain over the coming few days.

John Eagleton, a forecaster with Met Éireann, said that the week would be "typical non-descript November weather" with temperatures seldom straying above 10C.

Today will see a cold start after the frost, with patches of fog in some areas, but temperatures will gradually rise as the day progresses to reach about 8C.

Rain jackets will be at the ready in the West, where patches of drizzle will turn to heavy rain and these will eventually spread eastwards.

Tomorrow will be "the worst day of the week", according to the forecaster.

Much of the country will experience "cold, wet and blustery day".

Wednesday will see a dryer day, with a little rainfall in parts of the country but temperatures still won't rise above 9C, according to Mr Eagleton.

Thursday will call for umbrellas, with wet weather again forecast to gradually spread across the country from the West throughout the day.

Friday will be unsettled and with wet weather, but will be slightly milder again, with temperatures rising to double figures.

The unsettled and wet weather is set to continue into the weekend, with heavy rainfall forecast for next Saturday.

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