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19th Feb 2018

It might be tropical out there now… but a cold snap is once again en route

Hats and scarves at the ready!

Gillian Fitzpatrick

Following what feels like the longest, most brutal winter in recent memory, Monday morning conditions were positively tropical by comparison.

Parts of the country reported seeing sunshine break through cloud cover, as well as temperatures that reached the mid-teens.

We didn’t even mind that Monday afternoon will see rain “develop in the west and slowly extend eastwards”.

“The last of the rain will clear the east coast early tonight and skies will clear,” adds Met Éireann

However, clear skies mean a return of cold temperatures. Indeed, it will turn bitter – with lowest temperatures hovering around freezing.

In response, Met Éireann has warned of “widespread frost and possibly ice on road surfaces”. Meaning on Tuesday morning, folk should exercise caution and leave extra time to get to school, college, or work.

Nevertheless, Tuesday itself – as well as Wednesday and Thursday – will be reasonably warm (albeit not as mild as Monday): temperatures will hit between 7C and 9C.

And looking forward to Friday and the weekend, it will be mainly dry and cool with fresh southeast winds and highs of 6C to 8C.

On Monday, Dublin was actually warmer than the likes of London, Rome, Venice, and Barcelona.

Last October, Ireland weathered Hurricane Ophelia – resulting in businesses, schools, and public transport shutting down in order to keep people at home and safe.