'Beast from the East' set to bring -7°C feel to Huddersfield

Kildare Weather Forecast Bitter cold Siberian weather with snow could engulf Ireland next week

The Met Éireann report for March 2013 said that nearly all weather stations reported the coldest March since their station records began.

More specific forecasts, with colour-coded snow and ice warnings, are expected to be issued by Met Eireann in the coming days.

Some rural communities could become cut off.

"There is a very big, very cold pool of air that circulates around the North Pole - sudden stratospheric warming, as it says on the tin, is when the stratosphere suddenly warms", he said.

The Met Office also said there could be some frosty nights, and warned that into next week even colder air from Russian Federation could move across the country.

Disruptive snow showers are expected from Tuesday onwards, although Galway and the West may not experience heavy snow, if any.

Brent Walker, Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, said: "There is potential for this cold spell to be the coldest for several years in the south".




The forecaster says high pressure over Scandinavia is continuing to influence our weather with mostly dry conditions at first, but then becoming exceptionally cold and very frosty. Some areas will see snow fall but this won't be as significant as that seen in Eastern counties.

"Top temperatures of just 5C to 8C, coldest in the east and north".

Following sunny spells over the weekend, the Arctic front will dominate from tomorrow night.

Sunday will be another dry and sunny day, with temperatures hitting 4C to 7C.

Meanwhile, night-time temperatures on Saturday and Sunday are predicted drop sharply under clear skies, leading to widespread hard frost and risky icy conditions for many. With the easterly breeze remaining brisk throughout, there will be a notable wind chill.

Wednesday will see some more snow showers.

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