Arctic front sees bitterly cold, wintry conditions in store for the week ahead

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Unseasonably cold temperatures will round off the Easter Bank Holiday and continue into the week ahead, according to Met Éireann.

hile it will be dry and bright with sunny spells today, the mercury will only climb to between 5C and 7C with a sharp northerly wind making it feel even colder.

This is a result of an Arctic weather front which saw overnight temperatures plunge to minus 2C over Easter Sunday night and into Monday morning.

“Easter Monday will be cold and breezy with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers, these mainly over the northern half of the country. Afternoon temperatures will only reach around 3C to 7C degrees,” forecaster Linda Hughes said.

“It will stay cold on Monday night but winds will be lighter so frost will develop in places. There will be a mix of clear spells and scattered wintry showers, mainly in the north and west and lowest temperatures of minus 2C to 2C,” she added.

“Tuesday looks set to be another cold day with sunny spells and scattered showers, some wintry.”

Wintry showers of rain, sleet and even snow on high ground will affect mostly Ulster and north Connacht today before continuing tonight and becoming more widespread. 

Temperatures overnight will dip as low as -3C in some areas with a widespread sharp to severe frost and a risk of icy patches. 

Tomorrow will be breezy with scattered and wintry showers of sleet and snow affecting mostly northern and northeastern counties.

There will be some bright spells but rain will move in later in the afternoon and evening in the west and could  turn wintry as showers move eastward tomorrow night.

It will remain cold overnight with lows of between 1C and -3C with a widespread sharp to severe frost in the west and southwest .  

Temperatures will remain below average for the rest of the week with overnight frost.    

Irish Independent

Source: Irish News