Temperatures set to plunge as 'polar low' to bring snow and ice this week
Met Eireann have warned that a "polar low" is set to bring a sharp drop in temperatures tomorrow, with snow and ice also forecast for parts of the country.
Today is forecast to be unseasonably warm, with temperatures to be in the low-to-mid teens with scattered outbreaks of rain.
However, tomorrow will begin very wet, with rain across the country and as it clears during the day, temperatures will plunge to just five or six degrees.
On Wednesday night, things will continue to get colder, with Met Eireann predicting that temperatures will touch freezing in parts of the country.
According to Met Eireann, an area of low pressure, known as a 'polar low' will approach the north of the country.
It will bring with it showers, which will be heavy and which will fall as snow on higher ground.
Thursday is also set to be cold, with more wintry showers expected on higher ground.
The south of the country will be slightly warmer, with temperatures in the range of seven to eight degrees.
The north of the country will be a few degrees cooler.
Thursday night is forecast to be even colder, with minus temperatures leading to ice on untreated surfaces.
Again, showers will turn wintry on higher ground, with snow forecast for the Wicklow Mountains.
The outlook for the weekend from forecasters is for more cold weather, though with more sunny spells mixed in with the showers.