‘Thrown back into winter’ - freezing weather creeping in over bank holiday weekend

WEATHER FORECAST Hail sleet and snow in weather forecast for Ireland for Easter

WEATHER FORECAST Hail sleet and snow in weather forecast for Ireland for Easter

Cloudy to begin with in some places, but sunny spells will develop through the day. "Afternoon temperatures will only reach around 3C to 7C degrees", the forecaster said.

For Good Friday, another settled day is ahead. "The south and east will likely remain drier but still cold with a lower chance of wintry showers", said Mark Sidaway, deputy chief meteorologist.

Daytime temperatures will feel quite warm, while winds will stay mostly light, although coastal areas will feel more chilly amid a maximum of 14C. Saturday night will be dry with clear spells, and some patches of mist and fog.

After a spell of warm weather for many, cooler conditions will spread across the United Kingdom by Friday before likely becoming unsettled and much colder with the chance of wintry conditions from Sunday.

"It'll be largely dry with sunny spells for most, though there'll be a bit of a temperature contrast - today and Good Friday we could see highs of around 15 to 18 across southern and western areas in the best of the sunshine, whereas northern and eastern areas will be notably cooler as easterly breezes keep temperatures at around 10 to 12 Celsius".

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Saturday dry and bright. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 4 degrees.

EASTER SUNDAY: Sunshine in many places early on Sunday but cloud in the northwest will gradually build southeastwards through the morning.

The end of the bank holiday weekend will herald colder weather, however, with the Met Office forecasting bands of cold Arctic air moving across the United Kingdom from the north west by Sunday, bringing snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures. Rain will develop in the northwest later in the morning and will extend across the northern half of the country during the afternoon and possibly further south into the evening.

However, it will not last the forecast through Easter with change to colder conditions starting on Sunday. The day will kick off mild enough, before outbreaks of rain, hail and even snow are expected to fall in Ulster. Overnight most areas will become dry and clear, but wintry showers will persist in the north and northwest.

Met Eireann forecast reads: 'Tuesday will continue cold with sunny spells and scattered showers, some wintry.

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