Winter tightens its icy grip again, with temperatures to plummet
Winter will be back with a vengeance as a cold snap hits Ireland later this week.
The wet and windy conditions of yesterday are expected to calm down for the remainder of the week, giving way to sub-zero temperatures overnight.
As the cold snap continues into the weekend, there could be wintry showers on the way for parts of the country.
Met Éireann forecaster Joan Blackburn told the Irish Independent that while the temperatures would be lower than average for this time of year, it was not unusual.
"It's cold weather through the week, temperatures are a bit below normal by a degree or two," Ms Blackburn said.
"There will be dry and frosty nights a good bit of the time.
"The strong winds are gone, it was very windy but they've abated a bit, and they'll be gone by this morning.
"Today it will be mostly temperatures of about 6C to 8C in the afternoon and there'll be sunshine and some scattered showers.
"At night there'll be sub-zero temperatures in most places and on Wednesday it will be another cold day for most of us."
Those hoping for some respite when the weekend comes around look set to be disappointed, with Met Éireann predicting the cold snap to carry on through to Sunday.
The wintry weather will be supplemented by showers in certain parts of the country, particularly Dublin.
"For Friday and the weekend, for a lot of the country there will be cold, dry and fairly bright weather," Ms Blackburn said.
"But there will be some showers in the east and south coastal areas.
"It will be around 4C to 7C and we could see a few of these showers become wintry depending on how far inland they get."