Thursday 14 December 2017

More shivers than sunshine in days ahead

Fiona Ellis

FROM near record-breaking sunshine to frost and wintry showers -- this week will bring the most changeable weather yet.

Don't stow away your winter coats and umbrellas, as the glorious sunshine over the past couple of days is making way for wintry conditions.

The weekend weather saw temperatures reach 21C at the Phoenix Park in Dublin yesterday. However, rain, ground frost and even hail are expected. From today temperatures will drop from the balmy high teens to single figures.

There will be occasional sunny spells, but showers are expected this afternoon and will become heavy in the north and west. There will also be a risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms. The highest temperatures will be a paltry 10C to 13C.

Tomorrow will be a bright, fresh day, but wet and windy weather will spread from the Atlantic later in the night and early on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday and Thursday will bring lower temperatures and rain is expected countrywide.

Indications for Friday and next weekend suggest the changeable weather will persist, with wet and windy episodes followed, in turn, by brighter more showery periods. It will be cold with temperatures below normal by day and with some frosts at night.

"Temperatures are going to drop a good few degrees to about the average for this time of year," said Met Eireann's Eoin Sherlock.

Irish Independent

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