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Beast from the east? Weather experts release precise date horrendous Arctic blast could freeze Ireland again

Ireland is set to enjoy more tropical heat in the coming days after a generally balmy Valentine’s Day.

Met Eireann confirmed the hottest day of the year so far was recorded in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Tuesday when temperatures hit 15.9C.

Double-digit temperatures for the rest of the week, with a possible thunderstorm on Thursday and Friday.

Looking ahead, fears are growing over the risk of a brutal Arctic freeze, similar to the ‘Beast from the East’ that paralyzed Ireland five years ago.

Weather models show that Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) is now “likely”, reports The Mirror.

Independent Irish meteorologist Alan O’Reilly is monitoring the possibility of an SSW event and how it could affect Ireland.

Sharing weather models on his popular Carlow Weather social media accounts, he wrote: “Latest weather models showing risk of SSW increasing but remember any impacts on our weather are uncertain and if it does impact our weather it would likely be towards the end of this month or early into March,” reports The Mirror.

Its forecast for February 17 to February 23 reads: “For week 1, there is decent confidence that high pressure to the west will dominate our weather, leading to mostly settled conditions for the week. There is a signal for slightly warmer than average conditions for the middle of February to occur, along with a signal for lower than average precipitation amounts, particularly over the south and southwest, with less confidence of lower than average amounts in the north,” reports The Mirror.

For the week of February 24 to March 2 it continues: “By week 2, there is still for high pressure to remain the dominant influence over our weather. There is however a weaker signal than week 1 for higher than average temperatures to occur for late February and early March. Precipitation amounts will also likely be lower than the seasonal norm for the week, again with the strongest signal for the south of the country,” reports The Mirror.

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