Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

07.07 8 Jan 2021


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Ireland is set for the coldest temperatures since the ‘Beast from the East’ tonight, a forecaster has said.

Temperatures will plummet as low as -8 or -9 degrees in areas, but it’s set to be very cold everywhere overnight.

A status yellow low temperature warning remains in place for Ireland this morning after a cold night, but below freezing temperatures and severe frost are again expected overnight.

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Alan O’Reilly of Carlow Weather told Breakfast Briefing it’s set to be unusually cold.

Coldest temperatures since 'Beast from the East' forecast for tonight

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He explained: “It’s going to get very cold - down to -8, possibly even -9 degrees. Some weather models are showing we could potentially see -10 in some local areas.

“It’s going to be widespread, with frost everywhere across the country. It will be a little bit less cold on the coast, and we could see a couple of wintry showers along the long east and north coast.

“Really away from coastal areas it’s going to get down to -5 or -6 widely… and -8 or -9 degrees would be the coldest temperatures we’ve seen since the Beast from the East in March 2018.”

He said these are not the typical cold temperatures we see in January, as you would rarely see below -5 or -6 degrees.

He said it also means there’s going to be ‘very little thaw’ today in some areas.

He explained: “I was out walking last night and the footpaths were so slippy. We are also going to have some freezing fog.

“When you combine the very icy conditions along with freezing fog… it’s really going to make conditions very treacherous.”

The forecaster said most areas are not going to see any snow, and any snowfall will likely just be along the coasts.

Temperatures are set to rise early next week, but Mr O’Reilly said it’s also expected to be very wet and windy from Tuesday.

Main image: File photo. Picture by: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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