Arctic storm to bring wet and windy weather - but no snow
Batten down the hatches; an Arctic storm could hit Irish shores on Christmas Day.
After an unseasonably warm and dry December, Met Éireann has said there is an "elevated risk" of strong winds and rain developing this weekend.
The stormy conditions are set to arrive on the night of Christmas Eve and continue into Christmas Day, with temperatures dropping due to Arctic winds.
The weather may start to change as early as Thursday, with a slight temperature drop, before gale force winds hit coasts on Friday.
"Because it's wet and windy, there's always a potential that it will deepen a bit further as a depression, and that there might be a storm," a Met Éireann spokesperson said.
"The atmosphere is becoming more mobile on the Atlantic in the coming weeks.
"That increasing jet stream will bring occasional wet and windy weather - more so than we have seen in recent times."
Winds could reach 40kmh on Friday.
A white Christmas is not expected this year, with damp conditions ahead. This also means that it is unlikely to be frosty on Christmas Day.
The first half of the week will see average temperatures remain at 7C-10C.
Today is expected to be mainly dry, with patchy rainfall and light winds.
The west will experience less cloud cover, with sunny spells in the afternoon.
Night time could become especially cold, with lows of about -3C. Tomorrow is expected to bring wetter, cloudy weather, with rain moving in from the west.
The rain will become persistent in the afternoon.
These showers will get heavier and spread to all parts of the country in the afternoon and evening due to southerly winds.
Some winds will reach gale force along western and northern coasts, but will pass during the night.
The showers will also dissipate at night as temperatures drop - frost will develop at dawn. Night temperatures will be similar to today.
Wednesday will be sunnier, with scattered showers.
Ulster, west Munster and Connacht will get heavier rain. However, there will also be a chance of some sleet and snow over higher ground.
At night, there will be rain in the south, while the rest of the country will be dry.
Thursday will have temperatures of 5C-8C, with widespread frost in the morning. The north and west will have showers, while the rest of the country will remain dry.
The weather is expected to turn at some point, becoming wet and windy, with stormy weather potentially developing over the weekend.
"So for the Christmas period, there could be wet and windy episodes," said Met Éireann.
"At the moment, Christmas Day will be a wet and windy day, rather than cold and calm. The whole weekend could be the same."