Saturday 18 January 2020

Hail, sleet and snow on the way for wintry Easter week

Brian O'Reilly

WINTERY showers, hail, sleet and even snow are being forecast in the lead up to Easter as a cold front moves across the country.

The North and East are most at risk from the unpredictable weather which set record temperatures for March last week.



Met Eireann predicts that temperatures are set to plummet as low as -3 degrees overnight in some areas, compared to over 20C in some parts of the country last week.



Daytime temperatures won’t be much better, with highs of just 3-6 degrees expected.



The country will also be lashed by wintry showers of rain and sleet in some places, with even snow a possibility in some parts of the East and North East. Despite the unseasonably warm weather last week, snow isn’t uncommon for this time of year, according to Irish Weather Online



Britain also looks set to experience wintry conditions, with the Met Office there issuing two severe weather warnings for possible snow disruption to Scotland and Northern England.



The freezing conditions are being blown down from Scandinavia, and could see parts of Britain experiencing lows of -6 degrees.



Temperatures here look set to return to the April average by the weekend however, with figures in the low teens expected.



The weekend will start with scattered heavy showers of rain, however this is expected to clear and there will be sunny spells in many areas.



Last week the country experienced record temperatures for March, with a new temperature record being set in Belmullet, Co Mayo of 20.4 degrees.







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