Thursday 21 February 2019

Wintry week in store as Met Éireann warns of frost and freezing temperatures

Braced against the cold: Sisters Hannah and Emma Thomas of Templeogue, Dublin, keep out the cold on O’Connell Street PHOTO: COLIN O’RIORDAN
Braced against the cold: Sisters Hannah and Emma Thomas of Templeogue, Dublin, keep out the cold on O’Connell Street PHOTO: COLIN O’RIORDAN
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Well it was nice while it lasted, but normal wintry weather is set to resume tonight.

Met Eireann forecaster John Eagleton said: "This mild regime is coming to an end really."

"What we have had since Christmas is about to end, and we are getting into more seasonal weather," he told Independent.ie

"Not only have temperatures been good, but it has been very calm, with no wind, which makes a huge difference. Sometimes the mean temperatures have been running 2C to 3C above normal," he said.

The forecaster said: "It’s going to be a bit more changeable for the rest of the week."

There will be rain tonight and that will clear through to a brighter more showery day tomorrow. However, temperatures will be dropping back.

There will be lowest temperatures of -2C to 2C and widespread frost and some icy stretches.

“It will be colder too. There will be frost tomorrow night,” Mr Eagleton said.

“Thursday itself won’t be a bad day, but it will be a bit cold starting off. Temperatures won’t be that good, ranging from 4C to 6C. But it will be a nice bright day, and the wind will die off during the middle of the day, so it will be quite a pleasant day to be out and about. But it will be a cold, frosty start to Thursday morning.

“Then it changes again, and it will be wet and showery for Friday,” Mr Eagleton said, while temperatures will be slightly higher than on Thursday at 5C to 8C.

A “cold, bright weekend” is in store for us, with some wintry showers around in certain areas.

Saturday will a cold day, and places on higher ground could get wintry showers.

"Both Saturday and Sunday will be cold, bright days with a westerly flow. Sunday actually won’t be too bad. There will be more showers Saturday than Sunday," he added.

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