Wintry showers, freezing temperatures and possible snow en route this week 3 months ago

Wintry showers, freezing temperatures and possible snow en route this week

The good weather didn't last long...

The sunny weather experienced over the weekend was blissful, but it was certainly a once-off as winter-like conditions are expected to set in this week.

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Met Éireann has confirmed a cold spell is on the way despite high temperatures in recent days, with those dropping from 18C to as low as -3C as the week opens up.

With the potential of snow on the horizon as we head into April, Wednesday (30 March) is said to be mostly dry before the cold blasts of air set in.

The national forecaster said:

"Wednesday will be mostly cloudy. There will be scattered showers in the morning and more outbreaks of rain will move southwards over the northern half of the country during the afternoon and evening.

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"This will introduce colder air into northern areas, with mid afternoon temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees in Ulster, but milder temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees elsewhere.

'There will be light to moderate north to northeast winds."

Rain will continue moving southwards on Wednesday night, followed by clear spells and scattered showers from the north.

"Some of the showers will turn wintry as temperatures drop down to between -1 and +3 degrees," notes the forecast.

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"There will be a moderate north to northeast wind.

"Rain will gradually clear from the southeast during Thursday and there will be sunny spells and scattered showers everywhere else, some wintry. It will be colder than previous days, with afternoon temperatures of just 5 to 9 degrees, and quite breezy in a moderate to fresh northerly wind.

"Mostly dry with long clear spells, although a few showers are expected in the north and northwest. Cold and frosty with lowest temperatures of -3 to +1 degrees, in a light to moderate northerly wind."

Friday, meanwhile, looks a little brighter.

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Met Éireann says to expect a largely dry and bright beginning to the day, though cloud will push in from the north as the day progresses.

Light showers will also be present amidst highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.

Friday should prove dry overnight, with a mix of cloud and clear spells.

Lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees are forecast.