Warm temperatures to dash white Christmas hopes
Those hoping for a white Christmas will be left disappointed, it seems, as the weather takes an unseasonable turn for the better.
Umbrellas could be more useful than our thermals over the coming days with wind and some rain expected, while temperatures rise to five or six degrees above normal for this time of year.
Temperatures will range between 12 and 15 degrees today with rain and drizzle pushing up from the south west and there will be no change to this mild weather on Friday.
Saturday will see a much fresher chill in the air and we will need to stock up on our winter woollies for Sunday as temperatures take a dip.
However, Christmas week will see the return of milder weather with windy conditions also in store.
"The early days of Christmas week will turn mild with wind expected," Dave Rogers of Met Eireann told the Herald.
"Saturday will get gradually fresher and Sunday will turn a good deal cooler with showers and breezy conditions, but this will start to die down on Sunday night," he added.
Mr Rogers confirmed that today and tomorrow's weather will be five or six degrees above normal compared with typical December conditions.
"Temperatures coming into this weekend will range between 12 to 15 degrees," the forecaster explained.
"It wont be that high coming into next week, but we can expect temperatures of around 10, 11 and 12 degrees."