Weather warning. A lookahead to next week

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GETTYUK weather Temperatures will plunge next week

"This set up is often referred to as the "Beast from the East".

Forecasters admit it is still unclear who will be affected and how much will fall.

Mr Walker said, however, that widespread snow is not expected.

He added: "But it is quite unusual, particularly as it's quite late in the season".

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Snow showers, already affecting eastern parts of England early on Monday, are expected to become more persistent and more widespread through the afternoon and evening.

Forecasters say the white stuff could cause travel chaos on roads and rails, stranding vehicles and passengers and causing delays and cancellations.

Snow showers are expected to develop widely, with some places seeing 5 to 10 cm of snow.

Dorset Highways has started preparations ahead of the cold weather and has warned scheduled surfacing work may be cancelled and rescheduled.

You can check that here - but Spirit FM has done some of the hard work for you in terms of temperatures.

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"Cold weather is now established across the country with widespread overnight frosts", said Paul Gunderson, chief operational meteorologist at the Met Office. Max 0C during the day and min -4C at night.

And it will turn even colder on Sunday night, reaching lows of 0C to -3C.

By Wednesday next, day-time temperatures in Dublin will hover around freezing.

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At present, Met Eireann is forecasting that it will be extremely cold with penetrating severe frosts and temperatures struggling to get above zero by day especially in eastern counties from Wednesday through Friday.

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