Ireland is set to experience a sharp drop in temperatures over the next few days as a 'polar low' passes over the country.

Although today is forecast to be reasonably warm, temperatures are set to plunge by up to six degrees tomorrow. 

Met Éireann has said the area of low pressure called a "polar low" will pass over the north of the country tomorrow evening.

In their outlook forecast they said, "Wednesday night will turn cold everywhere as temperatures fall to near freezing in the early part of the night, lowest overnight temperatures zero to plus 3 degrees, coldest in the north.

"The winds will become cyclonic variable in the north as an area of low pressure, called a ""polar low"", tracks over or near the north of the country. "

Thursday will also be a cold day with showers, some wintry, continuing mainly in the west and north west.

Temperatures during the afternoon will range from just 4 degrees in the north to 7 or 8 degrees in the south. On Thursday night temperatures will range between minus 2 and plus 3 degrees with ice forming on untreated surfaces. 

"There’ll be showers or longer spells of rain, turning wintry with snow likely on the Wicklow Mountains," Met Éireann’s latest forecast states.

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The cold weather will last into Friday with the outlook for more cold weather with showers.

Listen to the latest forecast from Morning Ireland below: