A cold week in store, according to Met Éireann, with frost forming overnight and a risk of sleet and snow in places over the course of the week.
Monday - A dry start in Leinster and Ulster, with some frost, ice and fog patches early on. These should gradually clear, whilst the rest of the country will experience cloudier conditions, with some patchy rain. Showers are then expected to spread from the west by the afternoon, whilst it will remain cold with maximum temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees. Northwest winds will be light, but fresher in West Munster.
It will remain dry in most places early in the night tonight, with some clear spells and frost and icy patches forming. It will be cold with temperatures ranging from -1 to +2 degrees. Scattered showers in the west and north of the country will become persistent as the night progresses, before spreading countrywide. Some falls may even turn wintry in places.
Tuesday - Another cold day in store, with any lingering rain and sleet clearing eastwards early on. There will be a mixture of sunshine and wintry showers for the rest of Tuesday, with some snow even falling, particularly on higher ground in Ulster and Connacht. Highest temperatures on the day of 2 to 7 degrees Celsius, with moderate to fresh, gusty west to northwest winds.
Met Éireann have actually issued a status yellow snow and ice warning for the whole country, coming into effect from Tuesday morning (6am) and remaining in place until Saturday at 6pm. Met Éireann have warned that it will be “very cold” this week with scattered wintry showers. They warn that these will become frequent in the north, west and southwest of the country, with some snow accumulations expected also.
The cold weather will continue into Tuesday night, though it should remain predominantly dry with some clear spells in places. Wintry showers are expected to continue in Western coastal counties, however, with some sleet and snow falls. Temperatures will be below freezing countrywide overnight, ranging from -3 to +1 degrees. Met Éireann warn “severe frost” and icy patches forming also.
Wednesday - Further cold conditions forecast for Wednesday, with a mixture of scattered wintry showers and sunny spells. Some falls may even turn to sleet or snow, though mainly on higher ground in Northern counties. Highest daytime temperatures of just 3 to 7 degrees, with light west to northwest breezes.
There is expected to be further cold weather overnight on Wednesday, with Met Éireann warning of “severe frost” and “icy patches” developing.
Thursday - Current forecasts suggest a dry day to start off with on Thursday, before rain, sleet and snow gradually spread countrywide from the southwest. Temperatures will remain low, ranging from 2 to 6 degrees and easterly winds remaining moderate to fresh.
Further cold conditions overnight on Thursday, with frost and ice patches forming and some further wintry showers in places.
Friday - Early indications suggest another “very cold” day on Friday, with a mixture of sunshine and some wintry showers. Highest temperatures on the day of 3 to 6 degrees, with moderate to fresh northerly breezes.