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Cold snap Temperatures set to plummet as Ireland faces coldest month of the year


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

Subzero temperatures will bring frost and freezing fog as Met Éireann predicts a cold snap that will stay for the rest of the week. 

Last week's brutal conditions brought by Storm Aiden have thankfully subsided and instead, Ireland is braced for the coldest month of the restrictions so far.

This morning, Met Éireann confirmed that temperatures will plummet to -2 C in the south and east of the country bringing frost and freezing fog.

The cold start to the day will continue until mid-morning when temperatures will begin to rise to a maximum of 11 C.

However, the good news is that conditions will remain mostly dry around the country, lasting until sunset.

These wintry mornings are expected to return on Thursday and Friday before a change is expected into the weekend where patchy rain may return.

At the moment there is no risk of snow, however, for northern counties and higher ground this may change.

Met Éireann says: "Any frost and mist will soon clear this morning to leave a dry day countrywide with sunny spells.

"It will be somewhat cloudier at times in the northwest. After a cold start, maximum temperatures will reach 9 to 11 C in mostly light west to northwest breezes.

"It will remain dry with long clear spells tonight for many, although cloudy periods will affect Ulster and north Connacht.

"You can expect minimum temperatures of -2 to +3 C, and it will be coldest in the south and east of the country with frost forming overnight.

"Mist and fog patches will also form in the light southwest or variable breezes.

"Early frost and fog will give way to another dry day, tomorrow Thursday, with long spells of sunshine for many.

"It looks as though it will be a somewhat cloudier day in parts of west and north, however Thursday night will be cold and dry with a mix of cloud and clear spells.

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"Again you can expect lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 C generally with frost forming, but it will be less cold where there is low cloud and mist and fog will prevail.

"Friday morning will begin with some frost, mist and foggy patches which may be slow to clear in places.

"But once they do, it will be a dry day for most with a mix of cloud and sunny spells."

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