Will this winter be as bad as winter 2010 in Ireland?

This week’s so-called Indian Summer, which saw spots in Ireland warm up to an enjoyable 20ºC (68ºF), looks to have come to an end as the chillier weather is settling in across the country.

Met Éireann gave their breakdown of the upcoming days: “Saturday will start mostly dry with sunny spells. However, it will become cloudier later in the day. Top temperatures will be 13 to 15 degrees and light southwesterly winds at first will increase moderate westerly.

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"Saturday night will become cloudier with patchy rain in the northwest gradually spreading southeastwards but tending to break up.

"Sunday will be a dull or cloudy day with patchy light rain or drizzle but some bright or sunny spells may develop in the afternoon or towards evening.

"Top temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees in mostly moderate northwesterly winds but fresh at times.

"Sunday night northwesterly winds will ease and it will be mostly dry with good clear spells developing.

"Turning cooler again with lowest temperatures falling to around 2 to 6 degrees with some grass frost likely over the southern half of the country."

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With this weekend’s cool down, some are predicting an Irish winter perhaps as bad as 2010, which saw temperatures drop to the lowest since 1901, the first year recording.

People have even begun putting money on a brutal winter, as odds for a White Christmas have been slashed at Irish betting company Ladbrokes.

Nicola McGeady from Ladbrokes told the Irish Sun: "It’s looking increasingly likely this will be the coldest winter we’ve endured in years.”

Looking ahead, Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said: “next week looks unsettled with a risk of storms.”

Lowe added, “There’s likely going to be snow at some point in the northwest, but we don’t know when.”

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