Tuesday 22 January 2019

Not a hint of snow as we're set for a balmy 12C Christmas

Hannah Gay (4) feeding the deer in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Hannah Gay (4) feeding the deer in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Festive feed: Hannah Gay (4) and cousin Niamh Kelly (9) fed the deer in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

People can put their Christmas jumpers away as temperatures are set to hit a balmy 12C on Christmas Day.

We are in for a mild but grey Christmas Day, according to Met Éireann forecasters.

There is not a drop of snow in sight for tomorrow and, in fact, the temperature will be more befitting a spring day.

According to forecasters, Christmas Day will be dry in most areas, though it will remain mostly cloudy.

"It will be mild for the time of year with afternoon temperatures of 10C to 12C in moderate southerly winds, fresh on west coasts," Met Éireann said.

"It will stay mild and misty overnight with temperatures not lower than 9C or 10C in light breezes."

Today will start with a smattering of mist and fog which will start to clear to leave a mostly dry day in the east and north-east of the country with some bright spells.

However, it will be cloudy with some patchy rain and drizzle elsewhere.

The northern half of the country will experience colder temperatures of between 5C and 6C, but it will be around 11C in the south.

"St Stephen's Day will be dry apart from some rain in the north-west," the forecaster said. "It will still be rather cloudy and misty overall and also mild with highest temperatures of 10C to 12C.

"South-westerly winds will be mainly light. No frost is expected overnight and it will stay largely dry.

"It will continue mainly dry on Thursday and Friday with just the chance of some rain or drizzle.

"A little sunshine may break through. Winds will stay mostly light and temperatures will be around or just above normal.

"Nights will turn a bit colder with a chance of some frost."

Thursday and Friday will continue to be dry with just a "chance of drizzle".

The mild temperatures on St Stephen's Day will come as welcome news to shoppers keen to bag bargains in the sales.

Race revellers setting off for the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown will also be in for a dry Stephen's Day.

Irish Independent

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