Wellies at the ready - rain makes return this weekend
Published 16/01/2014 | 10:30
Make sure to keep this weekend's activities indoors or keep your wellies at the ready as heavy showers are set to fall across the country.
While some sunny spells will develop, most parts will have to endure a wet weekend as the rain moves slowly in from the Atlantic on Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend will see temperatures during the day of 5 to 7 degrees, while temperatures will drop to a frosty -3 to 1 degrees overnight.
By Sunday morning, the frost will clear but the harsh showery weather will take its place with just an occasional bright spell.
The frost is set to continue with temperatures plummeting to below zero degrees.
While today will be a bright, fresh day with sunny spells and just a few occasional showers, temperatures will drop sharply tonight to a frosty -1 to 2 degrees.
Top temperatures for today will remain at a chilly 7 to 9 degrees and coastal counties may experience heavy showers with some spells of hail and thunder.
The weather will remain cold and blustery during the day and gradually become icy overnight.
Over the coming days, the weather will be spreading over the country from the Atlantic, bringing some wet and breezy periods.
A mixture of wind, rain, fog and ice will provide the country with dull weather conditions this weekend.
Motorists should be aware that mist will thicken to fog in many places tonight while roads left untreated will be icy.
Tomorrow will be cold with some scattered showers but a sharp severe ground frost developing overnight will make temperatures drop even further to a chilly -1 to 1 degrees.
The Road Safety Authority has warned motorists to take care when travelling during the icy patches.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising motorists to take particular care on the roads over the weekend, as Met Eireann have forecast widespread frost, ice and fog, creating hazardous driving conditions.
The RSA is advising road-users to look out for ‘‘black ice, one of winter's worst hazards’’, and to ‘‘slow down and manoeuvre gently.’’
"Check local and national weather forecasts before setting out on a journey. Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer.
‘‘Watch out for vulnerable road-users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space,’’ it warned.
Temperatures will remain in the single figures over the weekend and drop to minus zero degrees providing frosty weather overnight.