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Turning colder this week but staying mainly dry

Following the current spell of warm and dry weather it’s going to turn much colder by mid-week as a cooler airmass arrives across Ireland from Scandinavia. 

The highest temperature of 2022 so far was recorded on Sunday, with 18.9 degrees reached at Newport Furnace, Co. Mayo. While the pleasant weather will continue on Monday and Tuesday, there is the chance of a few showers at times mainly over the eastern half of the country, generated by more unstable air.  However the most significant change will come on Wednesday as a northerly airflow establishes across the country feeding in noticeably colder air from Scandinavia.

Met Eireann meteorologist, Brandon Creagh, said: “It’s going to get noticeably colder from Wednesday as an anticyclone over Iceland will bring cold northerly winds over Ireland on Wednesday and into Thursday. Showers will develop over the eastern half of the country with a slight risk of wintry precipitation over high ground.”

Airmass and pressure chart for Northern Europe for Thursday 31st March, showing a much colder airmass across Ireland.

Airmass chart for Thursday 31st March showing a cold (blue) northerly airmass over Ireland, originating from Scandinavia.

The colder spell may come as a bit of a surprise to some as temperatures over the last week have been well into the mid to high teens – above average for the time of year, however from Wednesday we’ll see daytime temperatures drop back down into single figures.

Meteorologist Brandon Creagh added: “It’ll be important to bring plants indoors that are sensitive to cold. Also, farmers and gardeners should be aware that growing conditions will not be as good as they have been recently.”

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