Friday 15 December 2017

'Wrap up warm' - frost, rain and windy weather predicted for the coming days as temperatures fall to 0C

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Kathy Armstrong

Wrap up warm and stay by the fire because we're in for a cold snap with frost, wind, thunder and rain all predicted.

It may be spring but we're in for wintery weather as temperatures are expected to drop as low as 0C.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow Marine Warning for small crafts.

Forecaster Gerry Murphy said that today is set to be the coldest day but it will get slightly milder over the coming days.

Mr Murphy told Independent.ie: "It's going to be quite cold this morning, there will be showers in northern and western coastal counties and they will become more widespread across the country in the afternoon.

"There will also be hail, thunder and blustery northern winds.

"We can expect temperatures of about 7 to 10C and tonight it will fall to around 0 to 2C, there will also be some frost in places.

"Tomorrow it will be mainly dry in the morning but there will be coastal showers and these will become more widespread.

"It will be slightly warmer during the day, 8 to 10C and there will be a touch of frost overnight.

"There's going to be a wind chill over the next couple of days so it will feel colder than it actually is, particularly today."

While it's not time to leave your umbrella at home yet, Mr Murphy did say we can expect things to improve slightly weather-wise as we approach the bank  holiday weekend.

He said: "It will be mostly cloudy on Thursday and Friday, it'll be fairly dry, but there will be some light rain in places.

"We can expect top temperatures of around 9 to 12C, with some light northwesterly winds.

"The weekend will be milder, temperatures could reach as high as 13C.

"There will be light rain on Saturday afternoon and this will get heavier on Sunday."

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