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blustery conditions 'Unseasonably cold' weather will see temperatures fall to -3C with rain to stay all week

Met Éireann has forecast a "cool blustery day with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers" today.

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WE ARE in for more showers and low temperatures this week as an "unseasonably cold" start to May will see us grabbing umbrellas rather than deckchairs.

Met Éireann has forecast a "cool blustery day with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers" today.

Rather than an early start to summer, which the country has been hoping for, it seems the Irish weather has something else in store for us, with a risk of frost at night throughout the week.

Any hopes of digging out that new garden furniture this week, or even next week, will likely need to be reassessed as the rain and colder temperatures look set to stay.

Grey skies, wet weather and lower temperatures will be somewhat of a theme all this week, and even into next week, according to Met Éireann meteorologist Paul Downes.

Some showers today will be heavy with a risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms, especially over the northern half of the country.

The showers will be more isolated over Munster with long dry spells at times.

However, it will feel cool for this time of year with temperatures reaching highs of just 8C-11C today.

Mr Downes said: "On Tuesday there is a cooler mass coming in from the Atlantic, with heavy, blustery showers pushing in from the north.

"It'll be fresh and gusty, north-westerly winds, unseasonably cool, with a risk of hail.

"Winds will be moderate in the evening but we'll be looking at -1C to 2C.

"And it'll be another cool day on Wednesday, with blustery showers feeding in and some possible hail showers, especially in northern counties but it will be drier in the south of the country."

Some of the showers may fall as sleet over high ground in the north and east and temperatures will reach highs of just 8C-12C.

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It will turn very cold and frosty on Wednesday night with temperatures plummeting to -3C in some areas.

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Mr Downes said to expect "good sunny spells" on Thursday mixed with a "few showers", although these will not be as constant as the bank holiday Monday washout.

Temperatures on Thursday are also expected to reach a maximum of 12C.

Friday will see a "band of rain" sweep across Ireland.

"There will be plenty of rain on Saturday but it doesn't look as bad as Monday," Mr Downes added.

"It looks to remain unsettled through the following week."


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