Sub-zero temperatures and hard frost expected this weekend

This weekend is set to be mainly dry, but sub-zero temperatures are expected along with hard frost at night, according to Met Eireann.

Today, Friday, is forecast to be generally dry with sunny spells in most areas but there is a possibility that the cloud will persist in parts of the east and north.

The day is set to begin rather cold with a frosty start for many areas, as temperatures are forecast to reach between 5 to 8 degrees in light breezes.

Widespread frost is expected on Friday night and it is forecast to become severe in places with some icy patches as temperatures fall to between 1 and -3 degrees.

It will be a largely dry night with light southeast winds and clear spells, some patches of mist and fog are also forecast locally.

In the coming days drying conditions will be generally poor in light winds and high humidity, while there will be some spraying opportunities, according to Met Eireann.

Outlook

Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be both mainly dry days, with some sunshine at times.

It is forecast to be cold each day over the weekend, with top temperatures generally ranging between 3 to 7 degrees.

However, temperatures are set to drop to sub-zero levels across the country overnight, to as low as -3 or -4 degrees in some areas.

This hard frost is expected overnight is expected to be slow to clear from parts of the country each morning, while there will also be some patches of mist and fog.

On Saturday night and on Sunday morning, patches of drizzle is likely to affect some Atlantic coastal counties, but it is forecast to remain dry elsewhere.

Current indications suggest that temperatures will recover gradually early next week, both by day and by night.

Southerly winds are likely to freshen gradually and there will be some rain moving in off the Atlantic sometime Tuesday or Wednesday.

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