Ireland weather: Met Eireann’s highly unusual 24-hour snow forecast – but a tropical turn just days away

Ireland is set for another freezing night with temperatures dropping as low as -3C and snow showers in parts of the country on Friday evening.

Unusual April weather is expected to last through the weekend with hail, sleet and even snow in parts of the country.

A Met Eireann forecaster said: “Remaining cool for the rest of the day with sunshine and showers including lots of hail. A few sleet showers and a few snow showers are also possible. Leinster.Showers dying off later this evening.Highs of 6-9 degrees but temperatures dropping as low as 2-3 degrees in the showers.Moderate to cool breezes from the north or northwest.

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“Another cold night with frost and ice forming in patches along with a chance of patches of fog. Showers will be limited to northern and northwest counties overnight with long dry clear spells developing elsewhere. Lowest temperatures of -3 to 0 degrees with northwest light or variable winds.”

The weekend will be much the same with cool daytime temperatures and freezing nights – but that could all change in just over a week.

As the National Forecaster predicts ‘tropical air’ will arrive later in April with Ireland potentially due to hot weather – although rain could spoil things.

Met Eireann’s long-range forecast reads: “During week 2 low pressure will continue to dominate but there is a signal for the introduction of milder tropical air over the country bringing rainfall above the average, with the highest amounts in the west and south The weather will be milder and cloudy with above average temperatures and night frosts unlikely.

“During week 3 we will still be in low pressure dominance, with milder tropical air remaining over the country, with slightly above average precipitation and temperatures. It looks like it will remain quite cloudy with some rain sometimes, but it seems like extreme events are unlikely.”

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