The cold weather experienced in the later half of this week is set to continue over the weekend, according to Met Éireann, with temperatures to drop to below freezing at night and a high risk of frost and ice patches forming.
Friday - It will be cold, breezy AND wet for a period on Friday morning, though conditions are expected to brighten up by the afternoon with a mixture of sunny spells and showery periods. The majority of showers will fall in Atlantic coastal areas, some heavy and prolonged. Top temperatures on the day of just 6 to 9 degrees, with fresh and gusty southeast winds turning moderate to fresh and southwesterly in direction as the day progresses
Friday night will again be cold, with some clear spells and showers. Some showers may even be heavy, with a risk of hail in places. Overnight lows of -1 to +2 degrees Celsius, with ground frost and icy stretches forming on roads.
Saturday - Any lingering frost should clear early on Saturday morning, leaving some bright, sunny spells and just the occasional showers. Showers will be most frequent and heaviest in parts of West Munster and West Connacht, whilst it will also be breezy with fresh to gusty northwest winds. Elsewhere, winds will be moderate and southeasterly, with top temperatures on Saturday of 6 to 9 degrees, warmest in the southwest.
It is expected to again be cold and breezy overnight on Saturday, with a mixture of clear spells and showery conditions. Showers will again be most frequent and heaviest in Western counties. Overnight temperatures will vary from -1 to +2 degrees Celsius, coolest in the north and east of the country. Some ground frost is expected to form overnight.
Sunday - Current forecasts say that any ground frost will clear early on Sunday morning, with some good sunny spells developing. It will also be breezy for a period of time on Sunday, due to fresh northwesterly winds. It will, though, remain dry in the majority of areas, bar the occasional shower in the morning time.
Top temperatures on the day of 5 to 7 degrees Celsius. Sunday night will be cooler than previous nights, with Met Éireann warning that it will be “cold and very frosty” overnight, with icy patches forming on road surfaces and temperatures ranging from 0 to -3 degrees!
Monday - Early indications suggest that Monday will be mainly dry with some good, sunny spells and any frost and ice clearing slowly in the morning. It will be frosty again overnight on Monday, which could be proceeded by “some wintry weather”.