MET Éireann have warned that temperatures are set to plunge below zero this week, with sleet and frost expected. Rain will partly hit Munster and south Leinster tonight as skies are expected to stay mostly dry and partly cloudy. Temperatures are expected to fall to -2°, with frost and ice developing overnight.
In a forecast, Met Eireann’s weather chiefs said Tuesday will start mostly dry, with lingering frost and fog in parts as temperatures drop. However, hazy sunny spells will develop in western coastal counties, where there will be an ongoing risk of an isolated shower. Cloud will increase in Munster through the afternoon with patchy rain and drizzle extending from the south by evening.
“It will be a cold, raw day with highs of just 1 to 5 degrees as light variable winds fall calm at times, however they will increase moderate to fresh along southern coasts by evening,” said Met Éireann. Temperatures will also dip below -2° tomorrow night as cloud is set to increase across the country.
Wednesday will bring rain and sleet in the morning, with brighter spells set to stretch into the northeast as evening approaches. Rain and sleet will slowly clear southeastwards in the morning. Wednesday night will see temperatures dip to lows of -2° yet again but, with a risk of frost and icy patches.
It will be dry with clear spells on Christmas Eve, but cloud will increase from the northwest overnight and It will be particularly frosty, with temperatures as low as -2°. Met Éireann is forecasting a cloudy and dry Christmas Day, with the risk of isolated showers on the west coast as conditions stay relatively mild.
Carlow Weather tweeted today that cold air will move down for a cold Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. “Then potentially a prolonged colder spell from the 27th until the end of the year and possibly beyond,” they added.