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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Bad news for Christmas shoppers – good news on Storm Barbara

Dreaming of a dry Christmas...

Christmas shoppers may want to bring an umbrella with them this week
Christmas shoppers may want to bring an umbrella with them this week

Cian Murray

Christmas shoppers may want to bring an umbrella with them this week, as a weather warning is in place for Friday, while the rest of the week is set to be wet, cold and windy.

There is some good news however, as Storm Barbara may not even reach Ireland and if it does, the brunt of the storm should pass well before Christmas Day.

A spokesperson for Met Éireann said: “Storm Barbara was named by the UK met office and as things stand, we are not predicting it [for Ireland], although there is the potential for stormy weather on Friday.”

The spokesperson stated that the worst of the windy and wet weather will be in the North West. When asked whether the stormy weather will still be here on Christmas Day, they added “no, the yellow weather advisory is only there for Friday as it stands.”

As for the rest of the week, rain is expected to spread across the country today, while tomorrow is going to be mostly blustery and cold.

Friday’s more extreme weather will continue through to Christmas Eve morning, however by mid-afternoon it will have calmed somewhat.

Christmas Day will be have occasional showers, however it will be slightly windier than normal, so if Santa is bringing you a kite then you’re in luck!

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