Time to wrap up as big winter chill on the way
Published 17/10/2011 | 05:00
THE long Indian summer is about to end as a cold front sets in and winter arrives with a chill.
Extremely windy and very wet weather is set to develop today and strong gale force winds, gusting up to 120km, will batter parts of Connacht, Munster and Leinster during the week.
Thundery downpours expected all over the country will firmly wash away any remaining hope for further sunshine this year.
Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke said the warm temperatures have gone for good. "This week, it's going to be much more unsettled, much cooler than we've had.
"We've had an exceptionally mild couple of weeks when temperatures have been two to four degrees above normal.
"Coming from that, we'll be going to temperatures coming back to normal, and even below normal this week.
"Some nights we'll have frost and we haven't had that this autumn/winter yet."
He said next week will see rain, wind and even some sleet on the way.
"The heat is certainly gone anyway and we're back to changeable blustery, rainy weather at times."
Mr Clarke advised people to dust off their winter coats.
"It's a big change really from what we've had. There will be occasional glimpses of sunshine but we won't have the temperatures to go with it."