Tuesday 18 December 2018

Arctic blast to hit Ireland this week will see temperatures plunge to -3C and snowfall

Snow warning (Stock image)
Snow warning (Stock image)
While temperatures remain pleasant for the time of year, this red squirrel was pictured still out and about hunting for food near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, before settles in for the winter. Photos: Emer O’Shea
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Ireland will be hit by sub-zero weather this week, with the possibility of snow in some parts of the country.

After highs of 10C over the weekend, the weather is likely to remain the same nationwide until Wednesday evening.

However, Met Éireann predicts that an Arctic chill will plunge temperatures to a freezing low from Thursday morning.

"From Monday to Wednesday, temperatures will remain quite pleasant for this time of the year," said Met Éireann meteorologist Vincent O'Neill.

"But on Wednesday night, there is going to be heavy rain countrywide and when it clears there will be a notable change in temperatures. A much colder air mass will then take charge from Thursday morning. It will be very cold and get progressively colder coming into Friday," he warned.

Mr O'Neill added that the north and west of the country would be the hardest hit.

"It will get very cold in these parts of Ireland, with temperatures dropping to -3C at night.

"There will be wintry showers consisting of hail and snow, but it looks like Dublin won't be hit too hard compared to the north and west," he said.

According to Met Éireann, today will again be dry in most areas. It will be mostly cloudy and isolated patches of drizzle may affect western coasts and hills. Top temperatures will range from 8C to 11C, with light south-westerly breezes.

Irish Independent

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