Ireland is bracing itself for another cold snap as high pressure over Scandinavia continues to influence our weather for the next few days.

The freezing winds from Scandinavia and Siberia, dubbed the 'Beast from the East', will bring "exceptionally cold" weather to Ireland, with mostly dry conditions at first with wintry showers becoming widespread next week.

However, the East Coast of the country is expected to experience the brunt of it although freezing temperatures are expected along the west of Ireland as well.

Next week will start with mainly dry conditions with some sunny spells but Met Eireann said it will feel very cold for this time of year with top temperatures of between 5C and 6C.

It will feel very cold on Monday night with severe frost and the risk of wintry showers along northern and eastern coasts.

Tuesday will see the weather take a turn for the worst with wintry showers becoming widespread. By Thursday it is likely to be "exceptionally cold" and Met Eireann have warned that daytime temperatures may hover at just above freezing or even below freezing in some places.

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