Friday 20 April 2018

Scarves at the ready as spring to stay wintry

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Deirdre Reynolds

Deirdre Reynolds

Weekenders have been warned not to pack away the winter woollies ahead of another two days of "pretty nasty" weather, according to Met Éireann.

Following a week of April showers, temperatures are set to tumble as low as -3°C in some parts of the country tonight, forecasts show.

And tomorrow is set to be another day for sitting by the fire - as heavy rain, strong winds and even thunderstorms sweep the nation.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Met Éireann forecaster David Rogers said: "It's certainly not a weekend for a barbecue. We're going to see some pretty nasty weather in most places.

"Today will be pretty showery in all parts of the country with the possibility of some sleet on high grounds.

"There's also a risk of isolated thunderstorms, although they should die out pretty quickly."

He continued: "Sunday is set to change again, but it will remain cold due to increasing easterly winds.

"Overall, there's going to be some quite mixed wintry weather for mid-April."

Across the pond, Britain is also bracing itself for sleet and snow as a bitter plume makes its way from the Arctic this weekend.

And it could be late April before the so-called 'springter' weather improves on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Ireland has been battered by 11 winter storms since last November.

Each weather event was named by the public in an awareness-building initiative jointly run by Met Éireann and the UK Met Office. The next storm to rock the country will be called 'Storm Lawrence'.

Irish Independent

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