Tuesday 27 September 2016

Snowfall in the west as sunny spell comes to a shivering halt

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Published 27/04/2015 | 14:18

Snow on Achill Island in County Mayo Credit: Katrina Gallagher
Snow on Achill Island in County Mayo Credit: Katrina Gallagher

Time to cancel those beach plans because after weeks of glorious sunshine the weather is set to change dramatically over the coming days.

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From this week onwards expect a more traditional Irish summer.

Showers will be widespread, the skies will be overcast, and temperatures will tumble down to the single digitals in most places.

By the time midweek comes along, overnight temperatures across the country are forecast to plummet to freezing or near-freezing levels.

Snow in the hills of Tyrone Credit: Aisling Kelly
Snow in the hills of Tyrone Credit: Aisling Kelly

Met Eireann are warning that temperatures will plummet to minus four degrees tonight with some frost expected.

Shifting winds are to explain for the sudden change, the agency said.

"The last few week, we’ve had the winds came mainly from the continent and from the east, where it is warmer at the moment, so we got a noticeably warm week,” said a Met spokesperson.

“This week, our winds are coming predominantly from the north, which is a colder air source. Consequently, it is going to be much cooler.”

The first line of showers were due to clear the southeast early this afternoon, and some drier weather will develop before a second band of showers develops later in the afternoon.

The agency is warning that the wintry conditions could also see snowfall in some parts of the country.

Snowfall in the west of Ireland Credit: Ronan O Scollain
Snowfall in the west of Ireland Credit: Ronan O Scollain

Already there has been reports of snow in the west of Ireland, including parts of Donegal, Mayo, and throughout Connacht.

Into Wednesday temperatures will remain low, with some of the showers falling as sleet on high ground like hills and mountains.

Temperatures will range from about 7 degrees in the north to around 12 degrees in the south.

"And there will be similar values as the week goes on,” said Met Eireann.

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