Temperatures set to drop to -4 by the time the weekend arrives
Find your friend who gives the best hugs and hold on to them tight this weekend.
Because it will save on the heating bills!
Met Éireann have set out the weather forecast for the next few days and nights, and while it does look like it will get somewhat milder by the time the weekend is in full swing, it is set to get even colder before those days arrive.
Thursday night will be dry with good clear spells, with perhaps just an isolated shower in the north. Winds will be mostly light and variable with some patches of mist or fog forming, but will increase moderate southerly later along Atlantic coasts. It will become very cold with lowest temperatures falling to between zero and minus 4 degrees, leading to a widespread frost and the risk of icy stretches.
Friday will see the frost only slowly clear as southerly winds will be mostly light at first but moderate along Atlantic coasts. However, the southerly winds will increase, moderate to fresh during the afternoon and along Atlantic coasts, fresh to strong and gusty. It will be dry and bright at first, but cloud will soon increase with rain in the west during the afternoon spreading further eastwards during the evening. It will be still a cold day with afternoon temperatures of 5 to 9 degrees, but becoming much milder later in the evening as temperatures rise to around 8 to 12 degrees.
Saturday will see the southerly winds continue to be very strong and gusty. It will be cloudy and misty with rain turning persistent or heavy for a time before clearing later to scattered showers and winds decrease fresh to strong southwesterly with the clearance. It will be a mild day with top temperatures reaching 12 to 15 degrees. That night will be windy at first with showery rain or showers affecting mainly the west and north but southwesterly winds will ease through the night. It will stay mild with lowest temperatures around 7 to 10 degrees.
Sunday will be dull or cloudy with a few brief sunny spells and scattered showers or showery rain near coastal counties at first. However, current indications suggest that a spell of rain may affect the south and east later on Sunday and Sunday night but details are somewhat uncertain.