It’s been fierce mild for February.
But Met Éireann says the relatively warm days are about to come to an end for now, with wintery conditions set to return on Tuesday.
It will be mostly cloudy in Cork for the remainder of today, Monday, with just limited bright or sunny spells, patchy drizzle, mist and highs of 11 to 13 degrees.
More persistent rain will develop during Tuesday afternoon, with highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees but “turning colder from Tuesday evening, with the risk of night-time frosts returning.”
We can expect wet and breezy weather early on Tuesday night with outbreaks of rain clearing eastwards over the country, giving way to cooler fresher conditions from the west, with clear spells and scattered showers.
“Temperatures will fall to between 0 and 4 degrees after the rain clears with the potential for some frost and icy patches in sheltered spots.” said a forecaster.
Chilly week ahead
“Wednesday will be a noticeably colder day with sunshine and widespread blustery showers.
“Some of the showers will be heavy with hail and a risk of isolated thunderstorms, and a few may turn wintry over hills and mountains, especially towards evening. Afternoon temperatures will range 6 to 9 degrees but it will feel colder in the brisk northwest wind.”
Many areas will be dry with some sunshine to begin on Thursday, but cloud will tend to increase from the northwest during the morning bringing patchy outbreaks of rain and drizzle.