'Exceptionally cold' weather forecast for next week
24 February 2018, 07:08 | Virginia Benson
'These will also be accompanied by bitterly cold temperatures, and a significant wind chill.
The frigid weather will make headlines for bringing stinging cold to popular tourist destinations such as Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin.
It's as if someone opened the freezer door in North America's kitchen, and let all the cold air drain out toward the midlatitudes. It could lead to accumulations of between 2-5cms no immediate thaw expected. "Indeed, there is potential for this cold spell to be the coldest for several years in the south".
It will turn progressively colder from Tuesday onwards with severe frosts and snow showers becoming more widespread.
"There is the potential for travel delays on roads, stranding some vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel".
Some rural communities could become cut off.
The forecaster said: "There is a lot of uncertainty in the extent and timing of snow during Tuesday". The most likely time for a period of more widespread snow now looks to be during Tuesday morning.
The Met Éireann report for March 2013 said that nearly all weather stations reported the coldest March since their station records began. Overnight temperatures will fall to -2C and a widespread groundfrost is likely.
The freezing winds are forecast to sweep in from Scandinavia due to the influence of a high pressure zone.
Sunday will be most sunny and dry with a high of around 6C.
For the rest of the week, temperatures will remain cold but will rise above freezing for the rest of the week. Maximum Temperature 5 °C. Minimum Temperature -3 °C.
Following sunny spells over the weekend, the Arctic front will dominate from tomorrow night.
It will be very cold on Monday night with a severe frost and the risk of snow showers along northern and eastern coasts.
Some places, particularly along exposed coastal areas, will also see blustery conditions and wintry showers of sleet and hail.
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