Met Éireann has forecast sharp to severe frosts this week, as temperatures are set to drop across Ireland.

Icy stretches are forecast for the country, with some wintry showers also expected.

Met Éireann said that the advisory is valid from 4pm tomorrow until midnight on Friday.

It said temperatures would drop below zero tomorrow night and there was also a possibility of hail and thundery showers.

Thursday will be very cold with widespread heavy showers or longer spells of rain. Some showers may turn wintry on high ground in the west.

On Thursday night, wintry showers will mostly retreat to western coastal counties.

Many areas will be dry with clear spells and a sharp ground frost, leading to some icy patches.

It will be coldest in Ulster and Leinster, with lowest temperatures of -3C to 2C.