It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
A Siberian airmass is set to make its presence known over Ireland later this week in decidedly festive weather that will put rain at bay and send temperatures plummeting.
The cold airmass, which has already brought daytime temperatures down to minus figures across the Baltic states, is set to move westwards towards the UK and Ireland in the coming days.
Weather models predict that a temperature drop will be first felt on Thursday, December 1st and is set to hang about until at least Monday, December 5th.
A biting windchill will be felt from Friday as a strengthening easterly wind will make things feel a lot colder than the official stated temperature.
While the blocking high-pressure system will bring colder weather with it, the possibility of snow is low as any low-pressure fronts will be kept at bay in the Atlantic — rubbishing any claims of a 'Beast from the East 2'.
Taking to Twitter, Carlow Weather's Alan O'Reilly said: "Winter starts Thursday and instead of looking West for our Weather we will be looking East as our weather pattern changes. Cooler weather is likely towards the end of [this] week as this animation of upper air temps shows. However, just how cool and how long it will last is uncertain."
Winter starts Thursday and instead of looking West for our Weather we will be looking East as our weather pattern changes. Cooler weather is likely from towards end of week as this animation of upper air temps show. However just how cool and how long it will last is uncertain. pic.twitter.com/UEF3gMw6dY
— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) November 27, 2022