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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Rain, hail - and a chance of snow - for May bank holiday weekend

Meadhbh McGrath

If you were looking forward to a picnic this weekend, you might want to make other plans, as the May Bank Holiday looks set to be plagued by very wet conditions.

Parts of the country woke up to snow and heavy rain this morning as Ireland was hit by wintery conditions.

Temperatures this morning fell as low as zero degrees, and it’s set to be another cold day, with showers of rain and hail expected.

Although rainfall will be light early in the day, it will become heavier and more frequent in the afternoon, affecting most of the country.

During the day, temperatures may reach between 8-10C, but will plunge again in the evening to 1-3C for a clear, frosty night.

Read More: WATCH: Freak Weather - Irish Airport covered in blanket of snow today

The rain and cold will hang around over the weekend, with a chance of snow in elevated areas and mountain tops.

Saturday will see scattered showers and spells of sunshine throughout the day, giving way to a band of heavy rain sweeping across the country at night.

There will be more outbreaks of rain on Sunday, but temperatures will improve, rising as high as 12-15C.

We can expect another wet, blustery day on Monday, with showers throughout the day, some heavy. As well as the rain, there will be gusty westerly winds, with highest temperatures of 10-12C.

However, don't let this wintry weather deter you.

One Donegal man decided to make the most of the unseasonably cold weather this morning by climbing Mount Errigal, the tallest peak of the Derryveagh mountains.

Accompanied by his dog, Iain Miller headed out at 5am, where he captured the first glimpse of sunlight on camera.

A thick blanket of snow covered the mountain, the video boasts dramatic views of the summit from above the clouds.

"It is most definitely winter, -16ish wind chill but the view is pretty spectacular," he told

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