'Beast from the East' on its way

Phil Garner, forecaster at Weatherquest, said the weather front had picked up its dramatic moniker as it is made up of cold air from Siberia which has made its way across eastern Europe.

Met Éireann's long-range forecast for Monday and Tuesday says: "Very cold for the time of year with daytime temperatures in the low single figures inland, and around 5 or 6 degrees on coasts". A biting bitter wind chill will make it feel icy cold.

The change in weather patterns was caused by "sudden stratospheric warming" earlier this week.

The cold spell is being triggered by a phenomenon known as Sudden Stratopheric Warming which sees temperatures rise dramatically high in the atmosphere over the North Pole.

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Cold air is going to sweep over the United Kingdom early next week. Cold air streaming from the east like this has often been nicknamed "Beast From The East". There is an increased threat of wintry precipitation in the form of showers.

"This will continue to bring the risk of significant snow across some southern, eastern and central parts of the country, whereas towards the north and west it will start drier".

With the high pressure remaining over Scandinavia for a number of days, the cold weather will remain and potentially last until the beginning of March.

The Met Office also said there could be some frosty nights, and warned that into next week even colder air from Russian Federation could move across the country.

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