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Saturday 17 March 2018

Wind and rain brought balmy 14C temperatures on Christmas Day

Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the Forty foot in Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the Forty foot in Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

It was one of the warmest Christmas Days in years as the thermometer peaked near 14C in parts of the country.

Met Éireann recorded a peak of 13.8C at Oak Park in Carlow while in Phoenix Park it was 13.7C and Malin Head recorded 13C as early as 10am.

The mild conditions came as the brunt of Storm Conor passed us by, instead impacting Scotland before heading towards Norway.

There were high winds over the weekend and power outages affected homes around Mullingar and Athlone. A spokesman for ESB Networks said it was a normal winter's day for them. "We apologise for any convenience for the day that was in it, but we had the usual crews on standby and where there were pockets of people with outages we worked hard to get it restored," he said.

But while there was rain and wind, parts of the country enjoyed good spells of sunshine yesterday.

The duty forecaster at Met Éireann said that temperatures in the teens on Christmas Day were "not usual" but not unique.

She added that people remembered the colder Christmases such as 2010 when snow and ice carpeted the country, but yesterday we were in a "broad warm sector" with temperatures actually rising through the night on Christmas Eve.

Today, however, the weather will feel colder, with a dusting of snow possible on higher ground.

With a busy day of sport ahead, including racing at Leopardstown and the Munster v Leinster clash, fans will be glad to hear the forecast is positive.

"There could be thundery showers overnight but when the winds die down it will be high pressure for the rest of the week," she said.

Irish Independent

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