Ireland looks set to be hit by another cold period, with temperatures below zero in some parts of the country.
After a relatively mild weekend, there are signs that good weather will not last, as forecasters say the temperature is expected to drop sharply in the middle of next week.
On Saturday, weather expert Alan O & # 39; Reilly of Carlow Weather warned that we will see a "strong east wind" bringing in cool Eastern European air.
The coldest weather is expected for Wednesday, where temperatures drop below 0C overnight.
Monday and Tuesday appear to be relatively steady, although there are "more frequent rains or longer rainy periods" in the eastern areas, particularly near the coast.
Temperatures at the start of the week will be around the average, with highs of around 8C.
That will change on Wednesday, especially at night, as temperatures drop below freezing, and extremely cold conditions will persist until Thursday.
Met Eireann's forecast is as follows: "There will be another drop in temperature on Wednesday, with temperatures below zero on Wednesday night.
"There will be rains during the day with longer rainy periods, probably in the east and northeast of the country, showers may turn winters over hills and mountains sometimes."
"On Thursday, current indications suggest that the showers will shift to the west and south, but the low temperatures and easterly winds persist."
The national analyst also expects the cold conditions to remain during the week, although there may be some escape from the freezing temperatures.
The outlook for next weekend is as follows: "Prospects for the weekend keep the weather cool, but maybe not so cold, with winds and rains from the east sometimes."