Winter warning issued as "severe" week of cold weather in store for Ireland
Stay warm – snow is on the way.
Met Éireann has issued a week-long winter warning for all of Ireland, with some very cold weather and the prospect of snow on the horizon.
The official weather advisory from the national forecaster refers to an imminent Arctic airmass that is set to usher in "sharp to severe" frosts and icy stretches on Irish roads – motorists are advised to take extra care.
Showers of hail, sleet and snow will occur during the second half of the week. Met Éireann will deliver related individual warnings as the week progresses.
Issued on Sunday (4 November), the advisory is valid until Saturday night (10 December) at 10.30pm.
Sunny spells⛅️ & scattered showers☔️ this afternoon, heaviest in the east with the chance of an isolated thunderstorm⛈️, sleet & small hail; especially over higher ground.
Some parts of the west may remain dry.
Cold, with highs🌡️ of 5 to 7°C in mostly moderate easterly winds🍃. pic.twitter.com/fagQEo25lm
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 4, 2022
As for a more general overview for the days ahead, the basic gist is that it's going to get much colder day-by-day.
Monday will be mostly dry during the daytime, with highest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees anticipated. Monday night, however, will bring scattered showers near the east and south coast, and temperatures will dip significantly; dropping to between -2 and 3 degrees.
Tuesday will follow a similar pattern; dry in most areas with good sunny spells to kick off the day, with just a few isolated showers – particularly near a more cloudier east coast. Highest daytime temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees.
Tuesday night will see another big temperature dip as widespread frost results thanks to an expected drop of between zero and -4 degrees.
As for Wednesday, good sunny spells in the morning will give way to a chilly afternoon, with highest daytime temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees. Met Éireann notes that it will turn "bitterly cold" at nighttime, with temperatures below freezing all across the country as that aforementioned advisory really kicks in.
A rough week ahead, then. Lovely.