LOUTH WEATHER: 'Proper' cold spell could last more than two weeks

UK weather

The last "sudden stratospheric warming" was present in 2010 which brought the coldest December on record for most parts of Ireland with low temperatures of minus 17.5 degrees in places.

Cold with highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees in a moderate southeast wind.

A post on the weather forecaster's site states: "Showers or longer periods of snow will affect eastern parts of the United Kingdom during Tuesday".

"So we're looking at daytime temperatures below 5°C and night time values down to -4°C".

The frigid weather will make headlines for bringing stinging cold to popular tourist destinations such as Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin.

They say: "Exceptionally cold weather is forecast for next week with significant wind chill and severe frosts".

Met Office forecaster Martin Bowles said: "We could see five to 10cm in parts after snow starts to turn heavier on Monday afternoon".

More specific forecasts, with colour-coded snow and ice warnings, are expected to be issued by Met Eireann in the coming days.

"Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected". These becoming increasingly prolonged, with another widespread sharp frost expected.

Overnight, there will be severe frost and the risk of snow showers along the northern and eastern coasts - reaching lows of -2C to -4C.

Some places, particularly along exposed coastal areas, will also see blustery conditions and wintry showers of sleet and hail.

Negative phases of the NAO are typically associated with colder and snowier-than-average conditions on both sides of the Atlantic, but in this case it's mainly going to affect Europe, at least at first. This could fall as snow or sleet.

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