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A woman walks a dog through the ice and snow covered landscape

A woman walks a dog through the ice and snow covered landscape

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A woman walks a dog through the ice and snow covered landscape

The Christmas period is set to be "chilly and sunny", putting an end to predictions that Ireland would be dreaming of a white Christmas.

This morning was expected to be frosty and cold in places, with lows of around 2 degrees celsius and a slight breeze across westerly parts and highs of around seven degrees.

Later on in the day, the wind was due to ease off and the sun was expected to shine over the majority of the country.

Christmas Day is expected to be a warm but chilly day, with temperatures expected to drop to minus figures as celebrations continue through the night.

Met Eireann also predicts that rain and wind will be at a minimum throughout Christmas Day.

On Stephen's Day, the weather is expected to decline, with showers and winds crossing the country from the Atlantic Ocean.

The north will also experience showers in places, and punters attending the St Stephen's Day races at Leopardstown may be advised to carry an umbrella, as rain and wind are expected to hit the Dublin region as well.

Stephen Rodgers, of Met Eireann, describes the weather as "getting heavier as the day progresses".

"St Stephen's Day will start off dry with a lot of wind and rain coming from the Atlantic, which will tend to get heavier as the day goes on," Mr Rogers explained.

"Early parts of Saturday will get cold again with some showers and wind in places, but the long winds will slack off through out the day. The night time is expected to be cold and frosty with high risks of ice developing in parts of the country," he added.

Temperatures are expected to drop in the minus figures throughout the Christmas period, and people are advised to exercise caution when driving as roads may be icy.

BLUSTERY

In general, the period after Christmas looks as if the weather is going to become mild, wet and blustery at times again.

Despite predictions of record snowfall for the country it is expected to be a chilly Christmas, with the sun expected to beam down as children wake up to Santa tomorrow morning.

rschiller@herald.ie


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