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Dream of a white Christmas fades as heavy rain moves in

A WHITE Christmas is to remain nothing but a dream for another year.

Forecasters say that while the weather will be changeable for the next few days, there will be no sign of snow.

Instead we will be treated to a typically wet winter week. Met Eireann said today that the next few days will be wetter than normal for the time of year, with mild temperatures and heavy rain over the weekend.

While it will be relatively mild this weekend, it will be somewhat colder through the first half of next week, with frosty/icy conditions and the risk of sleet in higher ground.

“Current indications for Christmas Day could change, but it looks like it will be a cold, crisp start to the day, but increasing cloud will bring rain later,” metereologist Siobhan Ryan told the Evening Herald.

Christmas Eve will start frosty, with rain across southern counties extending countrywide by early afternoon, with a risk of sleet on higher ground.

Tomorrow will be a largely dry, pleasant day, with temperatures of 6 to 10C.

Saturday will start dull and wet with heavy outbreaks of rain, but it will be relatively mild, while Sunday will be cloudy, wet and windy to start with outbreaks of rain, Met Eireann said.

Around 620,000 passengers will travel through Dublin Airport over the course of the Christmas season – a 2pc increase over last year.

The busiest day for incoming flights before Christmas is expected to be Sunday next, while Sunday, December 30, is expected to be the busiest day after Christmas, particularly with passengers heading to ski destinations, Dublin Airport spokeswoman Siobhan Moore said.

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The DAA advised passengers of six key tips this Christmas:

1. Know which terminal you are departing from.

2. Read EU aviation security regulations before going to the airport.

3. Remove all sharp objects from hand luggage.

4. Don’t gift wrap that present – passengers could be asked to open them.

5. Passengers using web check-in should give themselves enough time to clear security.

6. Allow time for road congestion.

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