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Sunday 21 January 2018

Enjoy the mild weather while you can... there is a winter 'vortex' on the way

Mild weather for the Bank Holiday but winter is coming Photo: Reuters
Mild weather for the Bank Holiday but winter is coming Photo: Reuters
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

There is another reason to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend as Met Éireann has predicted it will be mild and dry.

Today there will be sunny spells with some drizzle and fog. Highest temperatures will be between 12 to 15 degrees.

However enjoy the mild weather when you can, as frosty temperatures will arrive next week.

Met Éireann said a cold front is forecast for Tuesday, introducing a much colder air mass with winds backing northerly. It will be cold on Tuesday night with some ground frost in rural areas and some fog patches.

The winter is coming as MetDesk warned that a pattern change will bring below normal temperatures later next week, linked to a split polar vortex.

A polar vortex is an upper level low-pressure area, that lies near the Earth's pole. It typically brings freezing cold weather.

Met Éireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack said the weather will remain mild for the weekend with temperatures above 10 degrees.

“It will be a mild Bank Holiday weekend as the air mass is coming from the south from countries such as Spain.

“It will get colder next week as this air mass passes but for the weekend it will stay mild.”

Cusack said there will be a lot of dry weather with a small risk of drizzle on Sunday.

“The weather looks like staying dry over Leinster, east Ulster and east Munster and while there will be some sunny spells overall a mainly cloudy day with some patchy rain or drizzle possible.”

There is a risk of some locally heavy falls over parts of the southwest, west and northwest.

Temperatures on Saturday will be between 11 to 12 degrees.

Bank Holiday Monday will be mostly dry and mild with some patches of rain. Temperatures will be between 12 to 15 degrees in moderate easterly winds.

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