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Monday 19 March 2018

Wind, rain, frost - but snow way it will be a white one

'Weather will be wet windy and unsettled, but there's no sign of snow' Photo:PA
'Weather will be wet windy and unsettled, but there's no sign of snow' Photo:PA

John Brennan and Jane O'Faherty

Christmas week is set to see weather warnings with wind, rain and even bouts of frost - but there are no indications of snow, scuppering any hopes of a white Christmas.

Pat Clarke, meteorologist with Met Éireann, said that the weather for Christmas week would "continue to be unsettled, wet, windy and changeable".

Met Éireann yesterday issued a status yellow warning for strong gales on coastal areas today - and coupled with the spells of heavy rainfall already forecast, it means Christmas week will start with miserable weather. The heavy rainfall is expected to clear by this afternoon, but further rainfall is expected tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Temperatures will be colder this week than of late, with patches of frost even being predicted for Thursday and Friday.

Mr Clarke, however, seemed to rule out the likelihood of snow this week, saying: "There's no sign of it at the moment, it's just not cold enough."

The weather is expected to pick up on St Stephen's Day, with temperatures rising again. It has been an incredibly mild December - with temperatures being unusually high for this time of year.

Joan Blackburn of Met Éireann said: "The temperature at Malin Head in the early hours of [last] Thursday morning was 16C."

Ms Blackburn said average temperatures at this time of year were around 6C to 9C, but the past week saw top values of 14C to 16C in many places.

"Higher temperatures this time of the year will inevitably mean more moisture, which will mean more rain," she said.


While daffodils are blooming in many parts of Ireland due to the warmer weather, Ms Blackburn said the reason behind it was nothing out of the ordinary.

"It's a wind that has been coming from the south all this time during November and December," she explained.

Meanwhile, Irish Water Safety has issued warnings to people who are planning charity swims on Christmas, St Stephen's or New Year's days.

For the first time in nearly 40 years, there will be full moon on Christmas Day, causing strong tidal streams and rip currents to increase in strength and speed.

The body has asked people organising these swims to notify the Irish Coast Guard and local gardaí on details of each swim, and to be wary of winter waters.

Irish Independent

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