Cold spell predicted to continue into weekend as freezing temperatures expected
The widespread frost, fog and temperatures being experienced in Ireland are well below normal for this time of year, forecasters warn, as this weekend will bring temperatures well below normal for February.
Met Eireann is predicting that the weather will remain cold and wintry over the weekend with both Saturday and Sunday seeing "temperatures well below normal for this time of year".
Today will be a dry, cold and sunny day in many parts of the country. A few well scattered showers will fall over Connacht and North Leinster, and some wintry showers will be seen in Ulster. Temperatures are low for a typical February, according to Met Eireann, at just five to seven degrees.
Tonight will see a sharp frost developing as well as fog, and lowest temperatures will be between zero and minus four degrees.
Tomorrow will bring more sunshine once once the fog lifts. Temperatures remain low at just five to seven degrees. Rain will develop along the west coast tomorrow evening.
Widespread sharp to severe frost will develop early tomorrow night, as well as fog patches. Temperatures overnight will be down to between zero and minus two degrees
Friday will be a cold and mostly cloudy day, with rain or showers. Some showers will turn wintry at times, particularly over hills and mountains.
On Friday night, temperatures will fall below freezing again bringing more frost and icy surfaces, and more wintry showers.
Both Saturday and Sunday will see temperatures well below normal for this time of year, forecasters have said.
Night frosts will be widespread and severe. However, overall the weather will be mainly fair or sunny with just a few snow showers on northern or eastern coasts.