Met Éireann forecasts 'severe' weekend frost as the cold weather snap continues to bite

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Met Éireann is forecasting the cold snap to last through the weekend bringing 'severe' frost and freezing fog though milder but wetter weather could be on the way next week.

The forecaster says Friday will be dry but very cold with a widespread frost. "The frost will be sharp to 'severe with icy patches'. Minimum temperatures minus 2 to +3 degrees. Becoming very misty with the risk of freezing fog patches later in the night - especially inland in near calm conditions".

Met Éireann says Saturday will be dry but cold in most areas. The frost will clear slowly during morning but fog may linger over some inland areas for a while. The forecaster says much of the south and east will have hazy sunshine, but cloud will increase from the west with outbreaks of rain in western counties during the afternoon and evening. Highest temperatures ranging from 3 degrees where fog lingers to 7 degrees near coasts.

Saturday night is set to remain dry but mostly cloudy, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, mainly in Atlantic coastal counties. Temperatures will range from  0 to 4 Celsius, with a risk of frost where any breaks in cloud occur. Risk of fog also, in slack winds.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy at first, with some patchy rain and drizzle in places. However, the day will become bright and mostly dry during the day, with sunny spells developing.

However, a few scattered showers will occur along northern and eastern coasts. Cold, with maximum temperatures of 6 to 9 Celsius, in mostly moderate northerly breezes, fresh on exposed coasts.

Sunday night will be mainly dry and clear, but very cold and frosty, with a risk of icy patches. Mist and fog patches also. Minimum temperatures 0 to -4 Celsius. MORE BELOW TWEET.

The outlook is for temperatures to recover closer to normal values from Wednesday onwards, with no significant frost. MORE BELOW TWEET.

Monday is set to be a dry and bright, with frost and fog clearing gradually, but possibly lingering on for much of the day in some sheltered places. Cold, with maximum temperatures of 5 to 8 Celsius, in light variable breezes. Dry in most areas on Monday night, with a risk of frost, especially in the north and east. Risk of fog in the early night, clearing later, as winds freshen from a southeasterly direction, with rain moving in across west Munster and west Connacht.

Tuesday will see rain extending gradually from the west and southwest, with some heavy bursts. Brighter conditions, with isolated showers, will follow into Munster and west Connacht later Tuesday, extending to most areas on Tuesday night. Min. 0 to 5 Celsius, with a risk of a slight frost in places.

Current indications for the rest of the week suggest that changeable, unsettled weather will continue with occasional showers or longer spells of rain at times, but with dry, bright intervals also. Met Éireann expects it to become a little milder as the week goes on.