Northern Ireland

Warning as temperatures plunge below zero across Ireland

The bitterly cold conditions will bring widespread frost and icy patches.

An ice warning will be in place on Monday night across Ireland
A tree with ice on it An ice warning will be in place on Monday night across Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)

A low temperature warning was announced across Ireland today, with parts of the island expected to experience a drop to minus 5C (Celsius) overnight.

Met Éireann forecast lingering frost, icy patches, and mist on Monday morning with highest temperatures throughout the day between 2C and 6C.

In the north, a weather warning for ice was issued this morning with cold temperatures expected to persist until later in the week.

It said Monday night will be “very cold” with icy patches and a widespread sharp to severe frost.

The agency announced a Status Yellow low temperature and ice warning for the whole country due to the cold conditions, scheduled for between 9pm on Monday and 10am on Tuesday.

Forecasters said lowest temperatures overnight would be between minus 5C and 1C in light easterly breezes.

In Northern Ireland, the UK Met Office also forecast bitterly cold temperatures for Monday night.

It said there would be widespread frost and a minimum temperature of minus 4C.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland urged motorists to exercise caution, particularly on untreated roads.

It said freezing temperatures have caused widespread ice throughout the road network.

In a statement, it said: “Stick to main, gritted roads when possible. Slow down, and increase your braking distance from the vehicle in front.”