WINTER HAS well and truly arrived on the island of Ireland with forecasts predicting a significant drop in temperatures over the coming weekend.
According to Met Eireann, initial meteorological reports suggest the Emerald Isle is set to feel the chill in the coming days.
The news comes just days after Storm Lorenzo swept through the country, causing some significant damage in western coastal areas.
Though many regions were left largely unscathed, this latest batch of extreme weather conditions looks set to affect much of the country over the ways ahead.
The week’s forecast said: “A band of rain will push east over the country on Tuesday, along with strong southwest winds”
“This will clear and be followed by occasional blustery showers for Tuesday night and Wednesday.
“The showers are likely to be heavy and frequent across the west, some thundery or even hail. Southwest winds continuing often strong with gale gusts.”
A largely dry interlude is forecast to run the course of Wednesday night and early Thursday before a barrage of wind and rain arrives for much of Friday.
The cold snap is then set to take hold, worsening as the weekend continues.
While average temperatures have been in the region of 16 to 17c over this past weekend, this coming Saturday and Sunday could bring with it temperatures as low as 12c.
Best wrap up warm and stock up on bread – just in case!