Treacherous week ahead as frost and ice take hold following weekend washout
Batten down the hatches, the winter chill might be over but there is still no sign of spring as Met Éireann warns of persistent downpours and icy conditions this week.
Temperatures might be on the rise but the weather is predicted to remain wet as moderate showers coming in from the Atlantic will continually sweep inland over the next several days.
“Cloudy and breezy outbreaks of rain [and] drizzle will affect all areas, becoming persistent in the west and southwest,” Met Éireann warns.
“It will also be a windy day with gusty southwest to west winds.”
Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 12C in some areas, though persistent southerly winds will keep things cool, the forecaster added.
Predictions are that this heavier rain will extend to most areas by the morning.
Cloudy today with scattered outbreaks rain & drizzle, persistent at times.A windy day with gusty southwest to west winds.Max temps 10-12C.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 21, 2016
“Rain is set to fall all over the country by morning… [with] Munster and southern Leinster the most affected.
“Expect breezy conditions with temperatures over half of the country, while further north it will remain chilly with highs of between 6C to 8C.”
The forecaster added: “Sunday night will start generally cloudy with further outbreaks of rain or drizzle in many parts of the country.”
While this cloud coverage is due to gradually break up, it will lead to widespread frost developing Monday morning.
Aside from the icy conditions, Monday will start dry and bright in many places but showers affecting the northern coasts will move inland and develop further south going into the night.
There will be little change the rest of the week as Tuesday will be mainly dry and bright countrywide.
Scattered wintry showers are expected along the north-facing coasts of Connacht and Ulster.
Widespread frost will develop later that evening though and untreated surfaces will become icy, the Met warned.
Many places will be dry with sunny spells on Wednesday, though northern breezes will keep it much colder than normal.
As the week goes on, many northern counties will see showers developing.
Temperature this week are expected to reach highs of between 6C and 8C.