Temperatures plunge as 'beast from the east' takes hold of country
Temperatures are set to plunge in the capital from early next week as a Scandinavian weather front dubbed "the beast from the east" hits the country.
It will be a case of keeping the woolly hats and scarves on standby, with Met Eireann warning that there could be heavy snowfall with temperatures expected to drop as low as -4C.
While revellers enjoying the weekend and sports fans watching the rugby today will enjoy some sunny, albeit cold weather, it is set to be followed by icy winds and frigid temperatures up to six degrees lower than normal.
Some places, particularly along exposed coastal areas, will also see blustery conditions and wintry showers of sleet and hail.
However, the full force of the weather front will take hold from tomorrow before temperatures tumble on Tuesday, with overnight readings possibly dropping to as low as -4C.
The freezing winds are forecast to sweep in from Scandinavia due to the influence of a high pressure zone.
This will force Arctic weather over Ireland in place of usual milder Atlantic conditions.
The front will stall over Ireland and the UK for almost a week and postpone milder spring weather conditions until early March.
Following sunny spells over the weekend, the Arctic front will dominate from tomorrow night.
Met Eireann warned that the full impact of the Arctic winds will be felt from Thursday, when daytime temperatures will remain at or below freezing for some parts of Ireland, particularly across north Leinster, Ulster and north Connacht.
"It will be exceptionally cold for this time of year," a Met Eireann spokesman warned.
"Some areas next week will see daytime temperatures hover around or slightly below freezing.
"Parts of Ireland will also see a widespread and severe ground frost."
Most areas can expect ground frost every evening from tomorrow night, with road conditions likely to be treacherous in some areas, particularly along secondary routes and on higher ground.
Gardai have urged motorists to drive with care, particularly in the morning along secondary roads.