Extra blankets at the ready, temperatures are set to plunge across the country 7 months ago

Extra blankets at the ready, temperatures are set to plunge across the country

It will be cold on Thursday night, before becoming a little milder at the weekend and early next week.

A crisp, winter chill will be felt in the air across Ireland on Thursday night, when temperatures plunge to as low as -2 degrees in places.

A damp and breezy start to Thursday will give way to a bright and fresh day throughout the country, although clear skies will bring with them cold temperatures.

Thursday afternoon is forecast to be “chilly” according to Met Éireann, with highs of just 7 to 9 degrees in the afternoon.

On Thursday night, the mercury will plunge considerably, with lowest temperatures of -2 to 3 degrees, with “widespread frost” also promised.

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Friday will be a little milder but not much, with fresh to strong winds on the north and south coasts making it feel cool, while lowest temperatures will range between 2 to 6 degrees on Friday night.

Temperatures are unlikely to reach double figures on Saturday or Sunday and it will once again be cool on both evenings, but Sunday night is expected to be “frost free” before generally milder conditions with slightly above average temperatures set to take hold early next week.