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Christmas chill Cold and frosty Christmas week ahead after cool weekend with risk of hail showers

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Cold and frosty weather (stock)

Cold and frosty weather (stock)

Cold and frosty weather (stock)

With just under a week to go to Christmas Day, this year's forecast shows we can expect a chilly few days in the run-up to the festive season.

Daytime temperatures will be in single digits for most of the week, with frost expected on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The mercury will drop as low as -1C overnight on Christmas Eve with a risk of icy patches.

A Met Eireann forecaster revealed a low pressure system is expected to track up towards Ireland from the southwest during Tuesday which may bring wind and rain, although it is yet uncertain.

They said: "Southern parts of the country are most at risk of seeing some rain or possibly some sleet (depending on timing) and brisk winds later on Tuesday into Wednesday. Both Tuesday and Wednesday will be cold, with daytime highs of just three to seven degrees, with frost likely on both nights."

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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

Meanwhile, today is set to be a cool but blustery with some passing showers and sunny spells.

A forecaster said: "The showers will be most frequent over the western half of the country and some of them will be heavy with a risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms."

Temperatures today will remain in single figures, with afternoon highs of only five to nine degrees in fresh and gusty southwest winds.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Sunday is set to bring a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers.

Met Eireann revealed: "The showers will be most frequent in the west and north, where they will be heavy at times with an ongoing risk of hail. Showers will become increasingly isolated and largely confined to Ulster by evening."

Highest temperatures on Sunday afternoon will reach six to eight degrees. There will be fresh to strong and gusty southwest winds, will ease light to moderate in the evening.

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