03 March 2006

Coldest night in Ireland for 10 years


03/03/2006 - 10:22:51

Last night was the coldest night in a decade, Met Éireann confirmed today.

Air temperatures plunged as low as minus 8C (17.6 degrees F) for the first time since Christmas 1995.

The National Roads Authority also recorded road surface temperatures as low as minus 15C.

Met Éireann forecaster Gerald Fleming said the cold snap will continue until Sunday.

He said: “Our weather station in Birr registered minus 5C last night, while others in Kilkenny, Shannon and Monaghan went as low as minus 3C.

“The last time it was as cold was in Christmas and New Year period in 1995/1996.”

Road conditions remain dangerous, especially in parts of western Connacht, Munster and the Midlands, as a result of freezing conditions and snowfall in some parts overnight.

Tonight will also be bitterly cold again with temperatures again falling as low as minus 6C in places.

Icy stretches are likely on many roads.

Met Éireann has forecast sleet and snow showers in the north and west regions for later today.

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