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Snow way 'Unusually cold' temperatures bring frosty start to May but warmer weather is coming

Tonight will be the last of the potentially frosty nights and then we'll move into more May-like temperatures for the weekend,” she added.

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Snow in the Dublin mountains.  Photo credit:  Sally Martin

Snow in the Dublin mountains. Photo credit: Sally Martin

Snow in the Dublin mountains. Photo credit: Sally Martin

Met Eireann has said the country has been experiencing a colder than average start to May, but things are set to heat up this weekend.

The extraordinary sight of snow in the mountains during what is usually considered the start of the summer has attracted the attention of people who have been capturing the scene.

Forecaster Linda Hughes at the Met Eireann office said it has been certainly colder "than what we would expect for May".

"Over the last two days we have had unusually cold day time and night time temperatures," she said.

“For the start of May we would be looking at average daytime temperatures of around 13 to 15 degrees and a night-time minimum of around five to eight degrees.

“So it has been considerably colder than the average for May. Last night we did have a minimum temperature of minus four degrees in Mount Dillon in Roscommon and minus two the night before.

“Daytime temperatures have been around the eight to 12 degree mark for the last couple of days so it has definitely been well below average for this time of year.”

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Snow in the Dublin mountains.  Photo credit:  Sally Martin

Snow in the Dublin mountains. Photo credit: Sally Martin

Snow in the Dublin mountains. Photo credit: Sally Martin

However, Linda said we will see “improvements” over the next few days and a return to more summer-like conditions.

“Tonight will be the last of the potentially frosty nights and then we'll move into more May-like temperatures for the weekend,” she added.

Asked if she had ever seen snow in May, Linda said that while she had not experienced that personally, “it would not be an unusual occurrence”.

"I mean it’s not unprecedented,” she said. “We can get cold temperatures at this time of year.

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"We didn't beat the record for the coldest temperatures for May which was minus 5.6 degrees in 1979, in Donegal.

"We were close enough to that last night at minus four. So it does happen. Also, we’re following a below average April as well where we’ve had quite a cool period of weather but hopefully now we are going to see some warmer temperatures in the next days.”

The forecast for today is mixed with showers and plenty of dry and sunny intervals too. Tonight will be largely dry and clear and frost will form as temperatures fall back to between zero and three degrees.

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Snow in the Dublin mountains.  Photo credit:  Sally Martin

Snow in the Dublin mountains. Photo credit: Sally Martin

Snow in the Dublin mountains. Photo credit: Sally Martin

Tomorrow, Friday, will also be cool and mainly dry with a lot of bright or sunny weather to begin the day.

However, cloud will increase during the afternoon, with just the chance of the odd isolated shower. Highest temperatures of 10 or 11 degrees with light northwest or variable breezes.

The overview is that the weather will turn milder although it will remain unsettled with a low pressure moving close to Ireland bringing spells of wet and windy weather and heavy showers.

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