Thursday 22 August 2019

Wrap up warm tonight because it's going to be -3C by bedtime

Frost at the National Botanic Gardens
Frost at the National Botanic Gardens

David Kearns

Large parts of Ireland will be shivering tonight as temperatures plunged to lows of -3C.

As a deep chill sets in across the country, Met Éireann are warning of widespread frost and ice tonight as temperatures drop a few degrees below zero shortly after 9 pm.

Reporting little or no wind, the weather forecaster said there was a risk of ice forming on untreated roads and paths.

“It will be a few degrees about freezing in coastal areas but elsewhere it will be between 0 and -3 degrees overnight,” they said.

“Frost will set in quickly after dark.”

Met Éireann said people could expect slightly milder temperatures during the day, forecasting afternoon highs of 6C to 9C.

“It will still be rather chilly but not quite as raw as tonight.

“Apart from the odd shower at first, it will be dry this afternoon with good sunshine in many areas,” Met Éireann added

Rain coverage for Sunday Credit: Met Éireann
Rain coverage for Sunday Credit: Met Éireann

The forecasters said the weather will get slightly warmer next week but that there will be more chilly nights ahead as the winter closes in.

“Tomorrow will start cold but frost and any fog will clear to a mostly dry morning.

“It will stay quite cold in eastern parts of the country with afternoon temperatures of only 5 to 7 degrees, but it will become less cold further west with highest temperatures of 8 to 12 degrees.”

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