Coldest day in store but Jean's PVC dress causes heatwave on screen
LOOKS like our mildest winter in recent memory has come to an end as snowfall has been reported at a number of locations across the country earlier today.
While spring might be just around the corner, Met Eireann is advising us not to throw away the winter thermals just yet as temperatures drop.
"Today is going to be the coldest day with heavy showers, sleet and hail," Met Eireann's Evelyn Cusack told the Herald.
"We're looking at a maximum of 4C or 5C but temperatures will go slightly up this weekend.
"It has been an exceptionally mild winter so far but statistically late January and February is the coldest time of the year.
"So the winter is by no means over yet.
"Some people may say that spring starts on February 1 but we don't consider that to be true, it's just a definition -- spring weather only starts around March usually.
"Tomorrow and Saturday, the highest temperature around Dublin will be 7C, by Sunday, it will get a bit warmer with 8C or 9C and on Monday, we should be back in double-digits."
While temperatures may be falling across the country this week, the mercury was rising in RTE studios after Met Eireann forecaster Jean Byrne presented a weather report in a red PVC leather dress.
The daring meteorologist wore the Britney Spears-influenced outfit for Tuesday night's bulletin -- and, not surprisingly, her wardrobe choice caused a heatwave among fans.
Online users took to social networking sites to express their approval of the unconventional outfit.
The fashion-conscious Kerry woman has been known to spice up weather forecasts with audacious wardrobe choices in the past.
On Christmas Day in 2009, she wore a busty shiny silver number that caught many a viewer's eye.
She later admitted: "I've had a few letters from men who wanted me to wear the silver dress just for them."
While she swears by the little black dress like many women, she has also managed to bring a twist to the classic by showing up in a black leather confection instead of a spiderweb version that showed off part of her midriff.
Meanwhile, gardai have asked motorists to drive with care as temperatures around the country overnight will be at freezing level for the first time in seven weeks.
CEO of the Road Safety Authority, Noel Brett, said: "This drop in temperatures and icy conditions will catch road users unaware after the period of mild weather.
"I would ask that you slow down, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and always expect the unexpected."