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Dublin weather: Ireland braces for ‘blast of cold air’ as Met Eireann predicts snow next week

Ireland is preparing for freezing conditions as Met Eireann forecasts a "blast of cold air" to engulf the country, with a chance of snow on the horizon.

The national forecaster has pinpointed Tuesday as the day when the snow could hit, although it also stated that it’s uncertain how long the cold spell will last.

According to Alan O’Reilly of Carlow Weather, the latest charts show the cold air moving down from the north next week, which could last all week, resulting in increased heating bills for residents.

Met Eireann has warned that temperatures will drop, with showers possibly turning into sleet and snow.

Today, Dublin can expect sunny spells and scattered showers with 7 or 8 degrees daytime temperatures. The evening will be largely dry with clear spells and isolated showers, and temperatures dipping to as low as -1 to +2 degrees.

Tomorrow, Dublin will experience a dry day with some sunshine in the morning and cloudier conditions later, with isolated light showers. Temperatures will reach highs of 6 to 8 degrees.

Over the weekend, the national outlook predicts that Saturday and Sunday will be mainly dry and cloudy, with isolated light showers and temperatures of 6 or 7 degrees. Nights will be near freezing or slightly below, with light variable winds.

On Monday, winds are expected to become northerly and freshen, with scattered showers that may turn into sleet or snow on hills and mountains. Daytime temperatures will be 5 or 6 degrees in the north, and 7 or 8 degrees in the south. Monday night is expected to be very cold, with temperatures dropping well below freezing.

From Tuesday onwards, the country is likely to experience colder temperatures, with the chance of showers turning into sleet and snow. However, Met Eireann currently predicts that it will stay largely dry.