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Winter woes 'Biting northerly wind' to bring wintery showers, frost and lows of -2C

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Cold weather (stock)

Cold weather (stock)

Cold weather (stock)

The week will start off cloudy and damp but a cold snap will cause the country to shiver by the end of the week, forecasters have revealed.

Met Eireann predict that temperatures will drop to as low as -2 degrees on Thursday night as a "biting northerly wind" ushers in chilly conditions.

Although parts of Ireland were hit by fog and clouds this morning, there will be some bright spells, with west Munster experiencing some "good sunshine."

A forecaster said: "It will stay largely dry apart from some patchy rain or drizzle, mainly in Connacht and Ulster. Highest temperatures of 8 to 12 degrees with light southwesterly or variable breezes."

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The word cold written on a frozen car screen

The word cold written on a frozen car screen

The word cold written on a frozen car screen

The damp cloudy conditions will persist for much of the week, with highs of nine to 11 degrees on Monday.

But the mercury will drop to lows of 2 degrees on Wednesday night and plunge as low as -2 degrees or even lower on Thursday night.

Met Eireann also say there is a risk of frost and sleet on Thursday with a possibility of wintery showers on higher ground on Friday.

A forecaster said: "There is some uncertainty in the forecast for Thursday. Current indications are for a cold day with widespread showers. A period of more prolonged rain, or sleet mainly over higher ground, will extend over Munster and south Leinster through the course of the day.

"Feeling chilly with highest temperatures of just 2 to 5 degrees early dropping to 1 to 3 degrees by afternoon with the risk of a frost developing early in light to moderate southwest winds veering gradually northerly by evening."

Meanwhile, they warned: "Thursday night is looking very cold and frosty under largely clear skies, with just a few showers in coastal areas of the west and north, turning wintery at times over higher ground. Lowest temperatures generally of -2 to +2 degrees or possibly colder locally in Ulster."

The outlook is for a cold weekend as a "biting fresh and blustery northerly wind" will bring further showers, some turning wintery over higher ground.

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