Plunging temperatures could bring 'penetrating snow frosts' in Limerick this week. PICTURE: ADRIAN BUTLER
PEOPLE across Limerick are bracing themselves for plunging temperatures in the coming days, as a weather front from Siberia reaches these shores.
The mercury could fall to as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius this week as Ireland experiences the so-called ‘Beast from the East’.
Met Eireann has taken the unusual step of issuing a five-day-long nationwide weather advisory as the severely cold weather prepares to hit.
From Tuesday through to Saturday, they forecast: "Exceptionally cold weather with significant wind chill and severe frosts."
Air and ground temperatures, Met Eireann says, will be five to 10 degrees below normal, with significant chill and “penetrating severe frosts”. Daytime temperatures are unlikely to exceed five degrees at best as a result of this weather front, with frost and snow possible here in Limerick.
While Met Eireann has put in place a yellow weather advisory, this could be bumped up to red alert when the freezing front arrives.
Forecasters have indicated the extreme weather will be at its worst on Wednesday here, when temperatures fall to minus five degrees, reaching a high of just two degrees.
On this basis, the yellow advisory came into effect at lunchtime on Saturday, and will expire at the same time this weekend.
Met Eireann is advising people to consult www.winterready.ie