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Big Freeze: Perfect arctic storm heading our way

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Tonight, temperatures will drop to -2C, with severe frost in parts of the midlands, east and south

Tonight, temperatures will drop to -2C, with severe frost in parts of the midlands, east and south

Tonight, temperatures will drop to -2C, with severe frost in parts of the midlands, east and south

Ireland could be hit by an immense arctic weather system bringing the worst winter here since the 'Big Freeze' over half a century ago, according to the latest long-range forecast from Exactaweather.com.

Forecaster James Madden says we'll be inflicted by a big freeze well into the New Year.

During the first three months of 1963 blizzards lashed the country, 45 centimetres of snow fell in short order and several people died.

Madden warns that perfect conditions for a prolonged icy snap are building. The forecaster fears that a "colossal" area of much colder than normal surface water in the mid-Atlantic will affect the Gulf Stream, exposing Ireland to a prolonged Siberian blast of northerly winds.

"Without the influence of this vital heat source we can expect a horrific winter to develop with frequent blizzards/strong winds and extremely cold conditions.

"During the winter period of 1962/63 the famous big freeze took hold of the country from around Christmas until spring of the following year because of a similar situation.

"We could be looking at a very similar time-frame and scale of events this time around . . . people should certainly be prepared."

Temperatures will improve slightly today, but it will still be breezy, cold and wet. Tonight, temperatures will drop to -2C, with severe frost in parts of the midlands, east and south.

Tomorrow will be cold but bright with widespread frost after dark.


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