Thursday 17 April 2014

Cold spell to linger after chilliest autumn in two decades

IT MAY be too soon to start dreaming of a white Christmas, but forecasts predict the winter chill will continue, following the coldest autumn in almost two decades.

Widespread frost with a risk of icy patches on roads can be expected for the next couple of days, as the showery conditions remain, and temperatures plunge to -3C overnight.

Tomorrow is expected to be dry and cool in the east with rain settling in over parts of Connacht and Ulster later .

The outlook for Thursday remains mixed with the south expected to enjoy slightly cooler temperatures.

Met Eireann forecaster Eoin Sherlock says the predictions for the weekend are less certain.

Most parts of the country experienced their coldest autumn since 1993

Met Eireann confirmed yesterday it was the coldest autumn for 19 years and temperatures fell to as much as-1.7C at Markree and Athenry in the west.

The highest temperatures were recorded at Shannon Airport on September 3 where the mercury hit 23.1C. The lowest temperature recorded for November was 4.5C at Markree in Co Sligo on November 25.

Rainfall totals were below normal except in the Dublin area, Ulster and a few parts of the west.

Irish Independent

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