Clear skies and cold nights as Ireland prepares for the big chill this weekend
Ireland is set for a 48-hour chill as a strong polar blast sweeps across the country, leaving snow and sheet in its wake in some areas.
The wet and windy weather from Storm Barney has been replaced with a cold front coming in from the northwest and temperatures will go as low as 3C as the country gets cooler over the coming days.
Met Éireann are forecasting temperature highs of 6C this weekend but warned that strong northerly winds were producing a “considerable chill”.
“Temperatures will range from between 4 to 6 degrees but will feel more like zero because of the strong northerly wind producing considerable chill.
“It will be cold on Saturday and Sunday but still quite sunny on Sunday.”
Met Éireann continued: “However temperatures of 3-6 degrees are expected and there may be some sleety showers.
“It will be mainly dry however due to polar air sweeping over Ireland.”
The weather forecaster said that cloud cover would increase during the day, warning that scattered wintry showers could be expected in some parts of the country.
Temperatures dropped to just 3C in Leinster last night - with a warning for frost in sheltered areas – and Met Éireann warned that tonight would follow a similar pattern.
“It will stay pretty cold over the weekend, with a sharp frost expected in some areas on Saturday night.
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“In East Ulster, Leinster and East Munster temperatures overnight temperatures could reach as low as 0 to 3 degrees.”
“It will be windy on Saturday morning, with fresh and gusty northwest winds, but winds will become westerly in the afternoon and decrease light to moderate.”
Looking towards Sunday, Met Éireann said it will feel slightly milder tomorrow, with daytime temperatures throughout the country hovering around 4C to 5C.
“It will still be rather chilly but not quite as raw as today.
“Cloud will thicken in the west and some showery rain or sleet will develop during the day.
"There will be afternoon highs of 5 to 8 degrees," Met Éireann added.
Clear skies and light winds are forecasted for Sunday night, leading to a widespread frost on Monday.
Following on from the weekend’s chill, the polar air mass will be replaced by a milder westerly airflow moving in from the Atlantic from Tuesday onwards.
“It will bringing air temperatures up to between 9 and 13 degrees by day and not falling generally below 4 to 8 degrees at night with little if any frost,” Met Éireann said.
Meanwhile, parts of the UK have seen a flurry of snow.
Snowfall has been sighted as far south as Eastbourne, East Sussex, with downland at Beachy Head this morning, and there reports of snow in parts of Kent, including Tunbridge Wells, and Essex .
The Met Office confirmed that a band of rain, sleet and snow is working its way south across many parts of the UK.
A Met Office spokesman said the snow has not settled in most areas and will turn back to rain as the day develops.