Friday 24 November 2017

Stop dreaming, it's a mild Christmas

Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

Ireland will not see a white Christmas this year, according to Met Eireann, despite earlier bookies' predictions.

Although there was a sharp drop in temperatures across the country last week, with frost throughout the country, Met Eireann has forecast mild weather in the run-up to the festive period with no cold snaps or snow expected.

Last year Ireland recorded unusually high temperatures on Christmas Day, and meteorologist Harm Luijkx has said there is no indication of a cold front in the coming weeks.

"At the moment, there are no signs of cold weather to develop over Ireland," he said.

"The next week or so will stay mild. Temperatures will be around normal for the time of year, with showers and bouts of rain coming in from the Atlantic.

"Up to Christmas we have no information that there's going to be any cold weather with snow."

Following the declaration from Met Eireann, odds on a white Christmas lengthened yesterday.

Last month, during a particularly cold snap, bookies slashed the price, with Paddy Power offering odds then of 4/1 on snow falling in Dublin and Belfast on Christmas Day while Cork was 6/1.

Sunday Independent

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