Friday night will see relatively widespread frosts develop before temperatures increase later in the weekend.

This weekend, temperatures are set to plunge, ushering in the “first relatively widespread frost of the season” according to Met Éireann, with some icy stretches possible as long clear spells allow temperatures to fall between -3C and +2C.

Thankfully, the start of the weekend is the coldest. Although Saturday will be chilly to start, overall, the day will see some sunny spells while the temperatures are only to drop to between 0C and 5C.

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Temperatures will continue to rise later in the weekend as the weather turns dull and damp for a time, Sunday will see scattered showers with some longer spells of rain possible in the west.

While Monday will start with a few spots of light rain or drizzle, the start of the week will be cooler and sunnier in the north, although, some showers will sink slowly down the country through the day.

Current indications from the national forecaster suggest that it will be rather mixed with showers and possibly rain at times for the rest of next week, especially after Wednesday, with further frosty nights possible.

Frost is on the cards this weekend

Alan O'Reilly from the ever-reliable Carlow Weather X (formerly Twitter) account, also posted some weather charts to show how cooler air “could” arrive, adding while the weekend will be frosty, it might be cooler by the end of next week, or change again.

He wrote: “The latest upper air temperature forecast from GFS shows how the cooler air *could* arrive.

“Cool doesn’t mean snow even if the temperatures are cold enough, you also need precipitation. Frosty weekend and then maybe even cooler by end of next week or it could all change again.”

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