Monday 26 February 2018

Wrap up well: wintry conditions for first week of February

Joggers in Phoenix Park today after another cold and frosty night. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Joggers in Phoenix Park today after another cold and frosty night. Picture by Fergal Phillips.

Jennifer McShane

THE first day of February got off to a cold start - and the chilly conditions are here for the week, according to Met Eireann.

It will remain cold today with temperatures only reaching between 3C and 6C. However it will be bright, dry and sunny, There will be isolated wintry showers mainly near the coasts of the west and north.

"It’s going to stay very cold for the next few days," said a spokesperson for Met Eireann. "Temperatures are 3C lower than what would be normal for this time of year.

"Motorists are urged to take care again tonight as temperatures are set to plunge. It will be cold and frosty again tonight with lowest temperatures of 0 to -3C degrees. Most of the night will be dry, but scattered wintry showers will continue over western counties,” Met Eireann continued.

Looking ahead to the week, the forecaster said there will be widespread, severe frost around the county at night. “Again, drivers need to be extra cautious when driving in frosty conditions."

“The wintry showers will be more frequent in the west tomorrow, especially later in the day, and it will be a cloudier day overall.

“The wintry showers will continue with occasional falls of snow on Tuesday, especially on the higher ground and temperatures will stay low, reaching only between 2C and 5C,” the forecaster added. “There will also be severe frost overnight.”

Wednesday will be in the cold and bright day with high temperatures of 3C to 6C. However most places will be dry and some scattered wintry showers will hit the eastern coats in the afternoon. 

“There will be severe night frost from Wednesday to Friday,” Met Eireann continued.  “And finally, Thursday and Friday will be cold with highest temperatures of 3C to 5C, but largely dry and bright.”

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