No big freeze but bitter weather is on the way
IRELAND will largely escape the big freeze set to grip the UK next week – but biting winds and freezing temperatures are still set to reach our shores.
Forecasters in Britain have issued a weather warning ahead of strong gales and snow, which is set to bring parts of the country to a standstill.
While freezing temperatures are set to sweep in from the North Pole, Met Eireann said no big snowfalls were expected here.
However, it will remain very cold countrywide next week.
"Up until Monday, things will remain normal – but from Tuesday, things will take a major turn," said John Eagleton.
"It's after Monday when the winds go northerly and that brings with it the very cold air.
"By the middle of next week, it will be showery everywhere, and winds will drag colder air down over Ireland.
"Temperatures countrywide will drop to low single figures – maybe four or five – throughout the day, while a lot of the showers could turn wintery.
"There won't be the Arctic plunge expected in the UK, but it will be bitterly cold."
He also warned of widespread frost at night, with a smattering of snow on mountainous areas as temperatures dip below freezing.
In many areas, night-time temperatures will plunge to minus three or below next week.
"When we did get the Arctic weather in the past, temperatures fell to minus nine. It's definitely going to be a cold snap, but we're not looking at a repeat of those temperatures this time round."