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Monday 18 February 2019

Rain, wind and frost as winter arrives - but no 'Beast' repeat in store

Forecasters are not expecting to see any sign of a repeat of the ‘Beast from the East’, which brought chaos last year
Forecasters are not expecting to see any sign of a repeat of the ‘Beast from the East’, which brought chaos last year

Pack the umbrellas and dig out those hats and gloves, because normal winter weather has made a comeback.

Speaking to the Herald, Met Eireann forecaster John Eagleton said we are now "getting into more seasonal weather".

It is a change from what we have been used to in recent times.

"Not only have temperatures been good, but it has been very calm, with no wind, which makes a huge difference," Mr Eagleton said.

"Sometimes the mean temperatures have been running 2C to 3C above normal.

"It's going to be a bit more changeable for the rest of the week."

Rain last night was set to clear through to a brighter, more showery day today.

However, temperatures will be dropping back, and there will be frost tonight.

"Thursday itself won't be a bad day, but it will be a bit cold starting off. Temperatures won't be that good, ranging from 4C to 6C," Mr Eagleton said.

Bright

"But it will be a nice, bright day, and the wind will die off during the middle of the day, so it will be quite a pleasant day to be out and about.

"Then it changes again, and it will be wet and showery for Friday."

He added that temperatures will be slightly higher on Friday than they will tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a "cold, bright weekend" is in store for us, with some wintry showers around in certain areas.

"Both Saturday and Sunday will be cold, bright days. Sunday actually won't be too bad. There will be more showers on Saturday than Sunday," he said.

More rain is being forecast for next Monday night, however.

In the UK, forecasters have been warning that temperatures will plummet and snow could fall "almost anywhere", with a repeat of the wintry conditions brought about by the so-called 'Beast from the East' of last year not being ruled out.

However, Mr Eagleton said a "big snow event" was unlikely.

"The indications at the moment are that the days from the middle of next week will be cold, but temperatures at night won't fall that low," he said.

"They are only predicted to go to -1C, -2C. You could get some snow showers on the east coast, but I don't think it is going to be a big snow event."

"I don't think we will drop down to the severe weather we got last year. I don't see any sign of it anyway."

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