After a mild Christmas, freezing temperatures are on the way to the north west this weekend.
Ireland had a frosty start to 2019 this week, but the country is set to avoid the worst of an ‘Arctic chill’ which is heading for Britain.
Chilly nights are forecast for Donegal, with temperatures dipping below freezing to bring a risk of ground frost on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The outlook is for low temperatures of -1C on Thursday and Friday nights.
Today (Thursday) will be another largely dry day with just the odd spot of light drizzle and mist, according to Met Eireann. There will be a few bright or sunny spells but today will be mostly cloudy with highs of 5 to 8 Celsius in light south to southeast breezes.
Friday is expected to remain dry during the day, followed by a cold night and a risk of mist and fog.
Met Éireann says that a settled weekend is in store, with ‘drier than normal’ conditions set to carry on into next week.