Cold snap on way after mildest January in years
THOSE winter woollies will eventually get a wearing at the end of this week.
Forecasters are predicting that the balmy January weather is nearing an end.
Temperatures are set to take a severe dip with very cold weather on the way for Thursday and Friday.
But we have little room to complain as parts of Ireland were warmer than Greece over recent days as we enjoyed one of the warmest Januarys in almost 60 years.
We will return to milder temperatures more in keeping with the rest of January next weekend, Met Eireann said today.
A cold front from the North West and Atlantic will see temperatures fall to low single figures, with widespread rain or hail showers and the risk of snow on higher ground on Thursday, a forecaster said.
"There is going to be no widespread snow fall," he said.
Thursday night will also be cold with a widespread sharp or severe frost under clear skies and some icy stretches will develop on untreated roads.
Friday will be cold as well with some sunshine. It will be mainly dry.
"Present indications are for a lot of dry weather on Saturday but there is a chance that rain will develop from the west on Sunday," Met Eireann said.
"Temperatures will be around normal over the weekend and some frost is likely at night."
Tuesday will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain or drizzle but rainfall amounts will be small generally, with temperatures at night not lower than eight or 10 degrees.
The rain will spread countrywide on Wednesday morning, but will later clear to scattered showers.