The crisp, cold weather of Christmas is set to continue into the new year, with temperatures dipping to a minus five degrees some nights over the month, according to Weatheraction.
“It will be one of the five coldest Januarys on record,” said Weatheraction director Piers Corbyn.
Met Eireann only complete forecasts for up to eight or nine days ahead. However, it confirmed the current cold spell will continue for the coming days with some parts of the country having experienced the coldest December for almost 30 years.
“We had unusual year with record breaking summer rainfall and a very wet autumn. Because the weather tends to regress to average we have had an very dry winter. Some parts of the country have had the coldest December for 27 years,” a forecaster said.
Tomorrow will be dry apart from a little drizzle in the south-west. Met Eireann say we can expect moderate east to southeast winds will continue.
“Friday night will see the winds fall light. It will turn very chilly with a widespread frost and freezing fog patches. Saturday will be dry and cold with sunny spells, though frost and fog will linger in some spots all day. There’s a similar picture for Sunday with dry and cold weather with some sunshine though frost and fog will linger all day,” she added.
If the forecasts are correct, the weather will follow a similar pattern to the last days of December, when frost and fog alternating with sharp, bitter winds made for extremely cold weather.
Most of Met Eireann’s weather stations record little or no rainfall for much of the last week. Yesterday only saw tiny pockets of rain in parts of Leinster, north Cork and along the west coast.
Maximum temperatures have struggled to reach double figures during the day, while the mercury has plummeted as low as -3 degrees during the night.