Monday 19 August 2019

Why this Christmas is more likely to be wet than white

Meteorologist Jean Byrne. Photo: Andres Poveda
Meteorologist Jean Byrne. Photo: Andres Poveda
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Dreams of a white Christmas this year could remain nothing but a fantasy, according to meteorologist Jean Byrne.

The forecaster said it seemed unlikely that flurries of snowfall would sweep across the country given that "statistically we have only had 12 white Christmases in 71 years".

She said that if we continued to experience bands of rain sweeping over the Atlantic, then the country was facing a grey and soggy festive period.

"In Ireland we are more likely to have rain," she said.


Byrne stressed, however, that forecasters can predict the weather only in the short term and there was a still a possibility of snow.

She also spoke about the attention she and her fellow female broadcasters received in relation to their clothing.

One viewer commented that the presenters were "more focused on glamour than the weather".

Byrne brushed off the criticism, saying the number of complaints was "minuscule".

"That story was twisted," she said at the launch of the TK Maxx White Christmas event.

"There were only two or three complaints made."

Irish Independent

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