March 19, 2018

Advisory warns of "exceptionally cold weather" for Ireland

24 February 2018, 07:05 | Antonio Miles

"Cold weather is now established across the country with widespread overnight frosts", said Paul Gunderson, chief operational meteorologist at the Met Office.

For the best part of the next week, temperatures will rarely, if ever, rise to double figures while regularly dropping below zero, with Met Éireann warning of "exceptionally cold" conditions and widespread wintry showers by early next week.

These will also be accompanied by bitterly cold temperatures, and a significant wind chill.

The Met Office website reads: "Showers or longer periods of snow will affect eastern parts of the United Kingdom during Tuesday".

The alert is in effect from Friday February 23rd until Friday March 2nd.

It is expected Monday will bring the start of the coldest spell of the winter across the UK.

However, the full force of the weather front will take hold from tomorrow before temperatures tumble on Tuesday, with overnight readings possibly dropping to as low as -4C.

Snow will be heavier to the east of the country.

With the high pressure remaining over Scandinavia for a number of days, the cold weather will remain and potentially last until the beginning of March. Temperatures will vary from 5º to 8º, in fresh to strong southeasterly winds.

The bright and sunny spell of weather will continue into next week, but temperatures of -5 degrees are forecast in parts by Tuesday.

Over the coming days, there will be good opportunities for both drying and spraying. It will become colder, with temperatures of -1 degrees rising to 7 degrees before falling again in the evening.

"Sunday night will be dry and clear in mostly light easterly breezes".

Meanwhile, night-time temperatures on Saturday and Sunday are predicted drop sharply under clear skies, leading to widespread hard frost and risky icy conditions for many.

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