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Heavy showers are expected to hit the capital this week

Heavy showers are expected to hit the capital this week

Heavy showers are expected to hit the capital this week

It may be officially springtime, but April's first few days will see "treacherous" hail and snow batter many parts of the country, including Dublin.

Met Eireann yesterday issued a snow and ice warning.

With temperatures plummeting to lows of -1C, the national forecaster advised people to brace themselves for a return of frost and snow from today.

A status yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for Connacht, Co Cavan, Co Monaghan, Co Donegal, Co Longford and Co Louth.

While the capital is not included in this weather warning, heavy showers, hail and thunder are still expected throughout the afternoon. There is also a risk of sleet and snow on higher ground.

Met Eireann said the dramatic dip in temperatures was due to a polar air mass moving over Ireland from the north.

This will heavily influence Irish weather for the coming days.

Threat

According to forecaster Pat Clarke, the severe hail showers may lead to "treacherous" conditions for motorists and pedestrians.

"While snow is forecast in northern parts of the country, the hail may pose as a bigger threat because once it hits the roads it will turn to ice.

"There's a chance the snow will fall on lower ground in these parts, but it will mainly occur on mountains and hills.

"We'll be reviewing the situation and will determine whether to extend the status yellow warning."

The rest of the week will see limited spells of sunshine, but widespread and occasionally heavy showers.

It will turn particularly cold tomorrow and overnight temperatures could sink to as low as -1C in some areas with a heavy frost forecast. The warmest daytime temperatures will only reach 7C or 8C.

But the good news is that from April 10, Ireland is likely to enjoy a week of good sunshine, limited only by spells of cloud cover.