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spring frost Ireland facing SNOW blitz as temperature set to plummet to -3 degrees

There will be an abrupt change from tomorrow with the prospect of snow on higher ground in the northern half of the country

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Frosty weather is coming

Frosty weather is coming

Frosty weather is coming

The recent spell of good weather is set to take a dramatic turn with freezing cold conditions on the way and even a suggestion of snow on higher ground. 

Met Éireann has said night-time temperatures will drop to -3 in places over the next few nights as a cold weather front moves in.

After temperatures reached a high for the season at 19 degrees in Newport, Co Mayo, on Sunday, the fine weather will continue today.

But there will be an abrupt change from tomorrow with the prospect of snow on higher ground in the northern half of the country.

“It will feel like quite a shock after the lovely, warm weather we have been having,” said Met Éireann forecaster Emer Flood.

Ms Flood explained that the dramatic change in temperatures is the result of cold air moving down from the Arctic and replacing the warmer tropical air and the high pressure of recent days.

For the rest of today, mist and fog will clear away during the morning but patches may linger on coasts for a time.

Good sunshine will develop with a few scattered showers in Ulster and Leinster and highest temperatures will hover between 11 and 16 degrees.

It will be a mainly dry night tonight although cloud will build from the north and mist and fog patches will develop in mostly light northerly or variable breezes.

Temperatures will dip to between one and 5 degrees generally.

Mist and fog will clear away during tomorrow morning. While there will be some sunshine it will become mostly cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle moving southwards.

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Colder, brighter weather will follow from the north later, with afternoon temperatures over Ulster of just 5 or 6 degrees, elsewhere 8 to 13 degrees with moderate northeasterly winds.

It will be largely clear on Wednesday night, and dry for most as showers become mostly confined to eastern parts, although it will possibly turn wintry at times on high ground.

“Much colder than recent nights with lowest temperatures of -3 to 1 degrees with frost developing in mostly moderate north-easterly winds, fresher in the southeast,” Met Eireann reports.

Frost will clear on Thursday morning to leave a day with good sunshine interspaced with well scattered light showers.

It will be noticeably cooler throughout the country with highest temperatures of 5 to 9 degrees in mostly moderate northerly winds.

Thursday night will be largely dry and clear though there will be some showers near coasts. It will be another cold night with lowest temperatures of -3 to 0 degrees, with frost developing again in light to moderate northerly breezes.

It will be a largely dry and bright start to Friday but cloud will push in from the north through the day along with a few light showers.

It will be dry overnight with a mix of cloud and clear spells and lowest temperatures of -2 to 2 degrees with light northerly breezes backing westerly.

As for the weekend, there will be sunny spells and showers on Saturday with highest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees and “some uncertainty” for Sunday with the possibility of widespread rain.

And while it will be milder early next week it will continue unsettled with rain and showers.

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