Hail and frost on the way now, but postman delivers hope of summer
It looks like summer is back on hold for the next few days as Met Eireann is forecasting frost, hail, thunder and freezing temperatures.
Met Eireann says the mercury will plummet to 0C tonight, tomorrow and Saturday night, bringing a risk of grass frost.
"A mobile Atlantic pattern dominates this week, bringing cool and mixed weather conditions," a spokesperson said.
Looking ahead to tonight, Met Eireann said: "On Thursday night, rain, potentially heavy and persistent, will continue to extend north-eastwards to affect parts of Munster and south Leinster. Much of north Leinster, Ulster and Connacht do look likely to hold mainly dry at this stage, and it is in these parts that cold temperatures bring a risk of grass frost. Elsewhere, minimum temperatures will range from 4C to 6C."
It will be more of the same over the weekend. Temperatures will again fall back to freezing tomorrow and Saturday night.
The weather chiefs said: "Friday will be mostly cloudy to begin through much of Munster and Leinster with outbreaks of rain, possibly heavy and persistent, clearing eastwards during the afternoon.
A brighter start to the day is signalled further north and west, but showers will become widespread in these parts by the afternoon, and some of those showers will be heavy and slow-moving with a risk of hail.
"Saturday will start dry in many places with crisp, sunny spells, but cloud amounts will increase and scattered showers will break out by the afternoon."
But it is not all bad news, according to Donegal's famous weather-predicting postman Michael Gallagher.
Speaking to Neil Prenderville on Red FM, Michael said: "Temperatures will begin to soar over the next few weeks.
"The bad weather is going to change. The signs are good.
"I was a postman for 48 years in Donegal in the hills, and I listened to these people talking and they always said if you get a very cold winter, and an east wind, it's a sign that our summer is going to be very good."
Michael said good weather won't hit until "well into May".