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Christmas period to be warmer, not white

WARMER weather will replace the arctic temperatures that have gripped the country for the last week, Met Eireann said yesterday.

Temperatures will rise as high as 10C today, but the north and west can expect rain.

And forecaster Joanna Donnelly ruled out the possibility of a white Christmas.

The trend towards milder conditions will continue into Wednesday and Thursday, and rain will develop in the west on Friday, spreading eastwards.

Christmas Eve will be slightly cooler with temperatures between 5C and 9C, while Christmas Day and St Stephen's Day will be dry in most parts.

Meanwhile, Clare County Council yesterday defended its decision not to grit roads on Friday night.

A woman in her 40s was critically injured after her car skidded on ice at around 8.30am on Saturday on the R352 main Ennis to Scariff road.

Six accidents were reported on this stretch of road over the weekend. The council said it had no warning of ice on Friday.

Irish Independent