Cold weather warning issued for Midlands as temperatures to fall below -3°C

The current spell of cold weather is set to intensify in the next couple of days, with Met Eireann forecasting that temperatures will drop below minus-three degrees Celsius tomorrow (Thursday) night.

A yellow-level weather warning for low temperatures and ice has been issued for the vast majority of the country, including counties Westmeath, Roscommon and Offaly.

The warning comes into effect from 6pm on Thursday and will remain in place until 12 noon on Friday.

It will be "very cold with temperatures expected to fall below -3 degrees in many areas" Met Eireann stated.

It added that "frost and ice developing will cause hazardous travelling conditions".

This weekend will remain cold and will be largely dry, though the forecasting service said there was "a possibility of rain and drizzle spreading eastwards and turning to sleet or snow for a time," on Saturday evening and night.