Thursday 23 November 2017

Record-breaking cold snap to last another week

Paul Melia and Brian Hutton

THE Big Freeze will last for at least another week and break all known records as temperatures plummet even further.

Met Eireann last night warned that lows of -10C were expected as the country remained under a blanket of snow.

Freezing temperatures have already smashed records in parts of Ireland during November, with the mercury plunging to -9.1C at Casement Aerodrome at Baldonnel on Sunday -- the lowest air temperature since records began there in 1964.

Ground temperatures at the military airbase dropped even further to -13.7C -- the lowest on record for November.

Worse is expected in the coming days. "We expect even lower temperatures on Thursday -- to -10C or even below," forecaster Evelyn Cusack said.

"East Leinster is at high risk. Snow is possible and records are likely to be broken. Any snow falling is likely to freeze.

"Dublin and Wicklow will be very cold. On Friday, temperatures will increase in the north-west leading to showers of hail, rain, sleet and snow. The roads will get wet and freeze. Saturday night will be particularly bad and Sunday will be very severe."

Irish Independent

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