A cold weekend ahead

A spell of unseasonably cold weather is forecast across Ireland this weekend, with daytime temperatures well below average and some very cold nights and widespread frosts ahead.

Met Éireann meteorologist Emer Flood, said: “We’re seeing another spell of cold weather this weekend as an arctic airmass re-establishes across the country through Friday, bringing the chance of scattered wintry showers of sleet, hail and snow over the weekend.  Temperatures today (Friday 9th) will reach around 6 to 10 Celsius, followed by a very cold night with a widespread sharp frost as temperatures overnight fall to around -3 in places.

“Saturday will be another cold day with temperatures limited to around 5 to 9 Celsius, once again falling to around -3 in places overnight and another widespread frost with the risk of icy stretches.”

Forecast chart for Saturday 10th April showing a cold northerly airflow across Ireland (blue colours) that will bring below average temperatures, along with the chance of wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow.

Along with bright spells of sunshine over the weekend, the cold Arctic airmass will bring the chance of scattered wintry showers of sleet and hail, especially on Saturday.  There’ll also be a risk of thunderstorms, as well as snow showers over the hills and mountains. Showers will be lighter and less widespread on Sunday.

Sharp frosts at this time of year can cause problems for gardeners, so take care to cover vulnerable plants and protect from frost damage. The cold weather can also pose challenges for farmers and so we’re encouraging farmers to keep an eye on our farming commentary. 

Looking ahead to next week, meteorologist Emer Flood continued: “Later on Sunday conditions will turn less cold, as northerly winds are replaced by slightly milder westerly winds.  Monday will be a cloudier day with rain spreading from the west to most areas during the day.  Temperatures will be slightly up from the weekend too, with highs of around 7 to 10 Celsius.”

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But whatever the weather please follow the public health advice and help keep everybody safe from COVID-19.