Wintry showers with sleet and snow are expected to fall in certain parts of the country this week, and temperatures will plummet.
The pleasant and mild temperatures of Autumn are expected to disappear tomorrow, according to Met Eireann.
Forecaster John Eagleton told independent.ie that wintry showers are forecast for Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday.
These wintry showers – carrying sleet or snow - will fall on the northwest and Connaught, and into counties like Cavan and Monaghan.
The east of the country will remain dry but frosty, and snow will not present any problems “on the ground”, he said.
“It’s meant to be colder. The temperatures are definitely going to take a drop.”
“There’ll be showers from Monday. It’ll be dry in the East but there’ll be northwesterly wintry showers, and on the hills there’ll be snow, but I don’t see it being a problem on the ground.”
“It’ll be nothing extreme. Today is around 11 or 12 degrees; tomorrow it’s to be a degree less than that. And then on Monday it’ll be between six and eight degrees.”
Met Eireann expects temperatures to reach zero at night next week, but most parts of the country will remain dry.
“There will be sleet and snow in the northwest, but it’s going to be dry down here. The winds will be northwesterly, and we don’t see a lot of activity on the east coast.”
“There’ll be frost at night. Temperatures at night from Monday will be zero, but it’ll be nothing exceptional.”
“We wouldn’t say there’ll definitely be snow showers. But it’ll be cold next week with occasional wintry showers.”