You might want to wear extra layers because tonight will be feckin' freezin'

It's time to break out the fluffy socks and hot water bottles as temperatures tonight are going to be freezin'.

With a wet and windy day forecast at first, it shouldn't be too cold throughout the afternoon, but temperatures will drop to a chilly 3 degrees overnight.

It will also be a bit of a washout, with heavy rain showers becoming widespread for a time, with patches of fog expected, but thankfully no snow yet.

However, snow is expected in the next few days as we head into the St Patrick's day weekend.

It's set to be a bitterly cold weekend with temperatures expected to drop to -1 degree on Saturday night - and the early indications for Sunday suggest St Patrick's Day revellers will have to battle freezing conditions while celebrating the national holiday.

A spokesperson for Met Eireann said: "A low-pressure system is likely to track across Ireland during Saturday bringing heavy and persistent rain with it as well as the risk of hail.

"Over the north, northwest and parts of the west rain will turn to sleet and snow over higher ground. Rain will clear to scattered showers by evening. Afternoon temperatures will be 2 to 4 degrees in the north and parts of the west but elsewhere afternoon temperatures will be around 5 to 8 degrees.

"Strong and gusty southwest winds will veer west to northwest and moderate by evening.

"Saturday night will be cold with scattered showers becoming confined to the west and north and mostly dry elsewhere.

snow - Evelyn Cusack Let's hope it's not like this for the parade on Sunday, lads

"Some showers will be wintry, with lowest temperatures to fall to between -1 to +3 degrees with frost and icy stretches."

And the cold weather is expected to spill into Sunday, with the spokespersonadding: "St Patrick's day is likely to be a bright and cold day with sunny spells and scattered showers, some of the showers could be wintry.

"Top temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees in a moderate to fresh northwesterly breeze."

So it's set to be a pretty manky weekend overall. Might give the parade a miss.