A weekend of sunshine and freezing temperatures is on the way
The first weekend of February will bring sunny spells, passing showers and sub-zero temperatures, according to Met Eireann.
The national forecaster said the weekend will get off to a cold and mainly dry start tonight with temperatures falling to 1C and 4C degrees.
Long periods of sunshine are predicted for the rest of the weekend but showers won't be too far away.
Met Eireann said Saturday will be a bright and breezy day with a mix of sunny spells and passing showers. The rain will be more persistent in the north of the country, turning wintry at times with a risk of hail.
Rain will clear E-wards to colder conditions & scattered showers early tonight. The showers will occur mainly across the N&W, but good clear spells will develop too. Lowest temps 1 to 4°C, in a fresh NW wind.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 2, 2018
Cool and breezy tomorrow with sunny spells and scattered showers. pic.twitter.com/FdDX4ZtlRu
Despite the long spells of sunshine, Saturday is expected to feel cold due to a fresh, gusty northwest wind spreading across the country. Highest temperatures of 5C to 8C degrees are expected during the day.
The rain is supposed to ease off by Saturday night and temperatures are expected to drop to -1C degrees, with frost and ice on untreated roads and footpaths.
There's set to be a pleasant start to Sunday too and good sunshine for much of the country. There's a chance, however, of rain or drizzle along the east coast in the afternoon. Highest temperatures of between 5C and 8C are expected during the daytime.
Sunday night will be another chilly one with temperatures expected to plunge to 0C and -2C degrees.
Met Eireann have said that Monday will start off cold and frosty but it will be a dry day with sunny spells. Temperatures will be 3C or 4C degrees at most in the east during the day time, and only 4C or 5C degrees at most in the west.