THOSE hoping for a white Christmas will have to put up with a wet and warm one instead, forecasters said today.
Temperatures could read a high or around 11C on Christmas Day with mild weather set to stay until Tuesday of next week at least. Tomorrow night will be cold with frost and icy patches according to Met Eireann after dark. Lows of zero to 4C., are expected, coldest in the east.
Conditions on Christmas night are good for Santa. He can expect some wind around Ireland with rain and drizzle developing as he travels through the country. Temperatures will remain at around 9 or 10 C., so no frost, which will favour the reindeer.
Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day will be mild, windy and fairly cloudy days with some rain and drizzle at times, with some heavy rain in places, mainly in the west and north. Winds will be strong and blustery and mild at night, with no chance of frost.
There are some signs that colder, drier weather may set in then for the middle of next week, with frost and fog at night, but this is not certain and the mild conditions may yet prevail.