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I'm dreaming of a white Christmas - odds on for Ireland to get snow on December 25th

Irish bookmakers have slashed odds on a memorable end to 2015, with scientists saying that 'the Atlantic is coldest it has been for 80 years'

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 20/10/2015 | 12:05

Children have fun after Heavy snow showers fell in Tuam, County Galway. Photo: Ray Ryan
Children have fun after Heavy snow showers fell in Tuam, County Galway. Photo: Ray Ryan
A snow-covered Fenagh Abbey in Co Leitrim
Rathmolyn Village in Co Meath where Meghan Price and Kiera Clarke from Donore GetReady for a Cross Country Chase in the Snow Pic Seamus Farrelly

A Christmas worthy of a Hollywood movie could be on the cards.

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The bookies have installed Belfast as the Irish city most likely to see the white stuff on December 25, with odds of 5/2.

If you're living in Galway snow isn't as likely, with predictions for that neck of the woods coming in at 6/1.

Across the water in the UK it's looking increasingly likely that Edinburgh, Glasgow and London will have a snow-filled Christmas Day.

Met Eireann have said that they won't comment on the meteorological predictions until much nearer the time.

Meanwhile the UK Met Office said a Christmas forecast will not issue until December 17th.

The expected winter chill is being attributed to a cold 1,500-mile wide swathe of very cold water in the North Atlantic.

This area of the ocean is the coldest since records began before 1935, and will definitely have an impact on Ireland's winter which is usually tempered by mild westerly winds.

Experts have said that the cold ocean temperatures are influenced by the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, also feared to be slowing the Gulf Stream, which pushes warm currents towards Ireland.

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