14 February 2016 07:35
Cold today with frost clearing quickly. Rather cloudy at first, but some sunny spells developing as the day progresses. Showers also today, some of hail and sleet, with possibly a dusting of snow on northern and eastern hills. Top afternoon temperatures just 4 to 7 C., feeling colder in a fresh northeasterly wind also.Tonight
Very cold overnight, with mostly clear skies. Winds moderate to fresh northeasterly at first, but decreasing light to moderate northwesterly later in the night. Lowest temperatures zero to -4 C., with a widespread severe frost and ice. A few light sleet or snow showers are likely to affect parts of Ulster and also eastern coastal areas.
Frost and ice clearing slowly on Monday. But a bright and fairly sunny day with slack winds. A cold morning, but top afternoon temperatures 5 to 8 C., in light variable breezes.
Headline: The changeable weather will continue. Cold through midweek with frosty nights, but less cold later in the week, but becoming wet and windy at times.
Monday night: Cold overnight with frost returning quickly after dark, with some icy patches expected. But a fresh to strong and gusty southerly wind and increasing cloud, should help to clear the frost from the western half of the country. The frost will linger in more eastern areas. Rain will develop towards dawn in Atlantic coastal areas also.
Tuesday and Tuesday Night: It will soon become wet and windy in all areas on Tuesday morning. The rain will be heavy and persistent too. Further heavy rain for a time after dark with a risk of some spot flooding. Winds strong and gusty southerly. But colder, clearer weather will follow from the Atlantic later in the night, with scattered wintry showers and moderate southwest winds. Lowest temperatures plus 2 to -2 C., with a sharp frost developing and icy stretches on untreated surfaces.
Wednesday and Thursday: Cold, but bright days, with sunny spells. Scattered showers also, most of them in west Munster, Connacht and in Ulster, where some will be of hail or sleet, with a little hill snow possible and also a risk of thunder. Winds moderate to fresh southwest to westerly. Top temperatures just 4 to 7 C., at best. The nights will be cold with some frost and possibly some icy patches also.
Early indications suggest that daytime temperatures will recover to more normal values for Friday and next weekend. But spells of wet and windy weather will cross the country, from the Atlantic, from time to time. Night time temperatures will vary more and may be low enough in places, at times, for some frost.