The coldest November weather experienced in recorded history will continue this week with temperatures falling below below minus 10 degrees Celsius, 14 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
A record November low of minus 9.2 was recorded in Dublin but could be surpassed on Wednesday or Thursday night.
“The winds will come from an easterly direction bringing in Siberian air and we could get temperatures below minus 10,” warned Met Éireann spokeswoman Evelyn Cusack.
Ireland was also hit with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures at the weekend, with Met Éireann predicting that the cold spell will last the rest of this week, and possibly into next weekend.
Connacht and Leinster suffered the heaviest snowfall. The UK and much of northern Europe have also been hit by the wintry weather, which is caused by a northerly Arctic airflow moving over the continent.
People have been advised to limit travel as much as possible since driving conditions are particularly hazardous.
The DART Dublin commuter line and the northern commuter and Maynooth commuter lines were not running this lightening damage overnight.
Belfast and Rosslare train services out of Dublin were also affected.
Flights out of Dublin Airport were also disrupted after the airport was closed for a time due to snow and ice.
Even when the runway opened again, delays were experienced.
Here is Met Eireann’s weather outlook for the week:
“The cold snap will continue for the rest of the week and probably into next weekend. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday : Staying bitterly cold, with daytime temperatures of 2 to 4 Celsius and not rising above freezing in some sheltered inland areas on Thursday. There will be some sunny or clear spells, but further wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow also, most likely in north Connacht, Ulster and in east Leinster, although some wintry showers are possible in other areas as well.
Breezy on Tuesday and Wednesday, with moderate, locally fresh, northeasterly winds, the winds slackening by Thursday, backing northeast to north in direction. Nights will be bitterly cold and frosty, with air temperatures dropping down to between 0 and minus 5 or minus 6 Celsius, still coldest away from exposed coasts with icy stretches on untreated surfaces. Thursday night will be even colder, with values possibly as low as minus 8 degrees in places, as winds fall light and there is the added danger of freezing fog.”