Crisp dazzling sunshine as artic air descends says Met Éireann

A deluge one week - crisp dazzling winter sunshine the next. That is the weather forecast in store for Laois over the coming days.

Motorists have been advised to take care on the roads as a cold polar northerly weather front over Ireland brings a cold windchill but also crisp dazzling sunshine across much of the country.

Met Éireann says Tuesday will be a cold, sunny but mostly dry day. However, scattered showers will continue in the coastal counties of the west and north with some showers possibly turning wintry in the north over higher ground. Top temperatures of only 5 to 9 degrees in a moderate to fresh north to northwesterly wind but strong and gusty near coasts.

Tuesday night will bring showers to north Ulster and northwest Connacht, turning wintry inland and on higher ground and the risk also of a wintry shower near parts of the east coast. Elsewhere, largely dry and cold under clear skies. Lows of -2 to +3 degrees with a widespread frost forming and a risk of icy patches. Northerly winds will fall light inland but will remain moderate to fresh near coasts. 

Wednesday will bring good sunny spells for many, but some showers will continue to affect north Ulster, northwest Connacht and West Munster, with some wintry precipitation inland on higher ground and also the odd shower near the east coast. A cold day with afternoon highs of just 4 to 6 degrees Celsius in light to moderate northwest or northerly breezes. 

"We are looking at nice bright, crisp, dazzling sunshine across the sky. The sun is low in the sky this time of year so do take care if you are out driving," said Siobhán Ryan on the RTÉ weather forecast. 

Wednesday night is set to be largely dry, away from north and west coasts where wintry showers will continue, with long clear spells. Lows of -2 to +2 degrees with a widespread frost and a risk of icy patches. 

On Thursday cloud will increase with showers continuing to affect parts of north Ulster and northwest Connacht, with an increased risk of showers extending into eastern parts of the country. Afternoon highs of 4 to 8 degrees Celsius. 

The forecaster says Friday looks mainly dry with some rain and drizzle developing Friday evening or night mainly in the northwest and north.

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