Prepare for ice, hail and thunder as temperatures drop to -3 this week

We’ve had an unusually mild winter this year, but things are about to change. MET Éireann has warned freezing temperatures will soon sweep the country, with widespread frost (and even icy and thundery) conditions expected.

The forecast

Weather forecasters say it will turn colder and more unsettled from Tuesday night. It will remain wintery for the rest of the week – so if you're still in need of a warm, winter coat, take your pick here.

“A cold front will sweep south-eastwards across Ireland bringing a spell of rain to most areas," MET Éireann warns, adding, “much colder air will move in as the rain clears, with the risk of frost towards dawn on Wednesday.”

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Wednesday will feel noticeably colder, with some heavy showers of hail and a slight risk of thunder. While top temperatures will range between five and eight degrees, lows of minus-three are expected too.

The combination of freezing temperatures and isolated showers may lead to ice on the roads, so be sure to take care on your morning commutes.

Thursday will be dry, thanks to a ridge of high pressure over the country; though temperatures will remain low (between minus-one and plus-four degrees). What’s more, a fresh breeze will make the air feel colder than it really is; all the more reason to wrap up.

The weekend

Come Friday, conditions will turn wet. “Current indications suggest Friday will be a cloudy and rather damp day,” forecasters have said, “with scattered outbreaks of rain”.

Related: Six brilliant bad weather movies
to watch during winter 

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Then, on Saturday and Sunday, MET Éireann says it will be rather chilly with occasional rain. Again, there is the risk of frost by night, particularly on Sunday.

By the looks of it, we'll be spending the weekend indoors. Takeaway and Netflix, anyone?

Photos: RTÉ Weather (left) and MET Éireann (right)

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