Irish weather forecast: Temperatures to plummet to -3C, bringing a frosty weekend in Ireland

The Irish weather forecast for this weekend would bring a chill to anyone on the Emerald Isle, with an outlook of frosty mornings and freezing cold nights.

The heavy rain may clear up in places, but the Irish weather forecast of plummeting temperatures will leave us all reaching for the winter coats.

Irish weather forecast service Met Eireann has predicted colder-than-normal conditions for this weekend, with lows of -3 degrees Celsius overnight.

A cold snap

Weather experts have forecast showers of rain and hail to cover areas of the north and east coast of Ireland during the course of Thursday.

Dry and sunny spells will cover the rest of the country with Connacht staying dry and bright for the better part of the day.

Temperatures, however, will stay low with an average of between 5C and 8C and brisk northerly winds making it feel even fresher in rural areas.

Intermittent showers of rain and hail will continue in the east and travel to parts of the northwest overnight as freezing conditions set in.

The Irish weather forecast predicts colder than normal temperatures as they plummet as low as -3C before Friday.

Frost will set in rural areas of the Midlands by dawn and icy stretches will make the roads treacherous in places.

Frosty Friday

An icy start to Friday will make it feel very wintry with temperatures of around 7C in the capital.

The day will stay cold but dry and bright in the west, south and most counties in the east.

Showers will arrive in Ulster towards the afternoon bringing hail and even sleet to parts of the north.

An average temperature of 7C in Belfast will make for a very cold day with moderate northerly winds and rain making conditions worse.

Any rain will clear overnight but the Irish weather forecast has warned that temperatures will drop as low as -2C in the Midlands, -1C in the west and 2C in the north and northeast.

A frosty start to Saturday will also bring a fog in parts of the west that will take time to lift.

More rain to come

A band of rain will arrive from the Atlantic in the afternoon with thick cloud covering the east towards Saturday evening.

Overnight lows of 1C in the east will bring an early morning frost on Sunday while temperatures will stay slightly higher at around 5C in the west.

Sunday will be cold with scattered showers along the west coast and some sunny spells in the afternoon.

A bright afternoon in Dublin and the southeast will make Sunday the best of the weekend.

Ulster will also stay dry for the most part with temperatures struggling to reach higher than 6C making winter coats essential on any Sunday stroll.

Northerly breezes will continue to blow moderately, making coastal areas particularly fresh.

Sunday night will see more frost settling with mist and fog patches developing amidst icy temperatures of between 0C and -3C.