Schoolchildren walked along O'Callaghan Strand to school during the last cold blast. PICTURE: BRENDAN GLEESON
NA Piarsaigh fans travelling to Croke Park this weekend are being advised to wear “an extra pair of thermals” with temperatures set to plunge.
People remaining in Limerick for St Patrick’s Day parades are also being advised to wrap up warm, with temperatures in the “low single figures” forecast as another cold blast sets in.
A cold front is on its way to Ireland from Siberia, and is set for these shores by the weekend. Although it’s not expected to be anywhere near as bad as Storm Emma two weeks ago, snow and ice are anticipated.
“It’s certainly not going to be severe as the outbreak earlier this month. In terms of cold, night-time temperatures could end up being lower for a few nights from Saturday through to Monday night at least,” said a spokesperson for Irish Weather Online.
The spokesperson predicted overnight temperatures could plunge to “minus six or minus seven” in rural parts of the county.
Although some snow is expected, the worst of the conditions are expected in Dublin and the midlands.
This will impact Na Piarsaigh fans, who will travel en masse from Caherdavin to Croke Park for their All-Ireland decider against Cuala this Saturday, throw in 3.45pm.
The spokesperson added: “It’s likely there will be snow showers coming in off the Irish Sea on Saturday. If you’re sitting in the stand or terrace facing the easterly breeze, you will need an extra pair of thermals.”
In Limerick, the snowfall will not cause as widespread disruption as Storm Emma at the start of the month, which saw the city grind to a halt.
“Low single figures are unusual for mid-to-late March. But in terms of St Patrick’s Day parades down through the years, snow or hail showers wouldn’t be uncommon. It’s just the fact this has come off the back of two outbreaks in a row. At the moment, it’s just a case of wrapping up in warm clothes. The parades themselves will not be disrupted,” the spokesperson confirmed.
Meanwhile, Met Eireann has put in a weather warning in place for 18 counties including Limerick ahead of a “very wet and windy” Wednesday.
The 24-hour alert comes into force at midnight tonight.
Warning what is to come, a forecaster said: "Very wet and windy weather is expected to affect mainly Munster and south Leinster during Wednesday."
Clare and Tipperary are also affected by the warning.