A light coating of snow has been reveled this afternoon on Wicklow’s highest peak, Lugnaquilla.
Temperatures dropped over the week-end and cold weather has been forecast for the rest of this week, with the end of the week being particularly cold.
The first fall of winter snow on Lugnaquilla last year was recorded on the 27th of October.
Forecast for the rest of the week
Cold and unsettled with rain or showers for the coming days but some dry sunny periods expected towards the end of the week.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Cold and mainly clear at first with some showers affect northwestern and eastern coasts. Cloud will increase from the west bringing patchy rain along Atlantic coasts towards dawn. Overnight lows of 1 to 4 degrees, in mostly moderate westerly winds.
WEDNESDAY: A dry and bright start in the east of the country but rain will spread across the country from the west through the afternoon. The rain will be heavy and persistent and may turn to sleet in places, especially over high ground. The rain will clear to showers in the west later in the day, with a risk of hail and thunder there. Cold with highest temperatures of just 5 to 8 degrees. Westerly winds will be mostly moderate but fresh to strong along south and southwestern coasts.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Outbreaks of rain and sleet will continue overnight across much of the country with a risk of some wintry falls on higher ground. Cold with widespread frost and lows of -1 to 2 degrees. Breezy with moderate to fresh northerly breezes.
THURSDAY: Further windy conditions with outbreaks of rain or sleet in the east, but clearer drier weather will follow from the west later as northerly winds ease. Scattered showers will affect Atlantic coastal counties. Highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees.
THURSDAY NIGHT: The showers will ease overnight and it will be cold and clear with widespread frost. Lows of -1 to +2 degrees.
FRIDAY: A cool crisp day with good spells of sunshine. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees. A sharp frost will develop on Friday night with overnight lows of -2 to +1 degrees. Slack winds will allow patches of mist and fog to form