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Frost covers the ground and blades of grass this morning in the Pheonix Park, Dublin Sam Boal/
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Last night was the coldest night of the year as temperatures plunged as low as -8.8 degrees

Tonight is due to be cold, with some wintry showers and icy patches in places.

LAST UPDATE | 16 Dec 2022

LAST NIGHT WAS officially the coldest night of the year so far as temperatures plunged as low as almost -9 degrees in some areas. 

The coldest temperature last night was recorded by Met Éireann as -8.8 degrees at Mount Dillon in Roscommon. 

Temperatures of -7.4 degrees were recorded at Markree Castle, Co Sligo and -7.1 degrees in Athenry, Co Galway.

A Status Orange low temperature/ice warning is in place for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway and Roscommon until midday. 

A Status Yellow low temperature/ice warning is in place for the remaining counties until midday. 

Then, another Status Yellow ice warning will kick in for the whole country until midday tomorrow. 

Met Éireann warns there will be icy conditions in some areas today and tonight as showers gradually track southeastwards over the country. 

It says some of  the showers will be of freezing rain, sleet and possibly snow. 

Untreated roads and paths may be treacherous in places, the forecaster warns.

Looking at the general forecast, showers will extend southeastwards across Connacht and Ulster during this afternoon and evening, turning wintry in places. 

Tonight is due to be cold, with some wintry showers and icy patches in places. 

Temperatures will drop as low as 0 degrees tonight. 

Tomorrow is forecast to be another cold day with mist and fog in some areas. 

Plenty of dry weather is expected, but with a few showers, especially in southern and western coastal counties. 

Looking ahead, Met Éireann says the weather will be unsettled with some wet and windy conditions.

Tomorrow night is set to start off cold with some frost in the midlands and north at times. However, outbreaks of rain will spread from south overnight and it will turn less cold. The rain will be heavy in places and may be preceded by some mountain snow in Ulster. 

Temperatures will again drop as low as 0 degrees tomorrow night. 

Met Éireann says it will be rather windy on Sunday with outbreaks of rain or drizzle, most persistent in the south and west of the country. 

Sunday will also see milder conditions with highest temperatures ranging from 8 degrees over north Ulster to 12 or 13 degrees in the south. 

Sunday night is expected to be very mild with scattered outbreaks of rain or drizzle. Temperatures are forecast to not drop below 10 to 12 degrees nationwide. 

If you’ve snapped a particularly picturesque photo of this week’s ice, frost or snow, you can submit it here or to for the chance to have it featured on our site and social media channels.

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