UK Met Office warns of unusually cold weather from Siberia.
Spring is almost here but the weather will be as cold as deepest winter due to a kink in the Atlantic jet stream that now looks certain to sweep a Siberian weather front originating in Russia across Ireland and Britain.
That is according to the latest 10-day weather forecast from the UK Met Office which is now officially warning of snow and 'unusually' cold weather from early next week.
Its latest forecast says that temperatures could fall to -6 degrees below freezing and rising to just above zero during the day. While it is expected to be sunny, some places are set to remain icy during the day with strong cold easterly winds making the weather feel even colder.
The UK forecasters say there is a risk of 'significant snow' from 'every direction'. The Met Office does not say how long it expects the cold weather to last but expects temperatures have not hit as low levels since 2013.
Irish weather forecasters at Met Éireann have warned that the weather originating in Siberia is on the cards but are more cautious in their predictions at this point.
However, they do confirm that Monday and Tuesday will be very cold for the time of year with daytime temperatures in the low single figures inland, and around 5 or 6 degrees on coasts. It says that there is an increased threat of wintry precipitation in the form of showers. Frosty nights with sub-zero temperatures will continue.
Spring officially starts on Thursday, March 1.