It was only a few short days ago that we had to get the thermal vest out from the back of the drawer as forecasts warned that Ireland was due its coldest weather in 12 months.
Reports last year suggested that the country was in for its coldest winter in 50 years but as it turns out, things are about to get much milder.
Last night widespread fog and severe frost left driving conditions in parts of the country extremely hazardous, and although temperatures are set to increase by 10 degrees, drivers are still asked to take care on the roads.
According to John Eagleton from Met Éireann, “overall, it’s been a mild winter”.
“Generally the whole trend has been for mild weather this season so far, but there have been brief interludes of colder weather, and really that’s not surprising – it is the middle of winter,” he said.
“So sometimes we get rain going through and then we get colder air behind it, but it’s then pushed aside by southerly winds coming up, bringing that milder air up from the south”.