Monday 19 August 2019

White Christmas 'unlikely' as rain forecast for next week

Snow in Tullamore Credit: Julie Fagan
Snow in Tullamore Credit: Julie Fagan

Daire Courtney

Get ready for the typical Irish Christmas weather as the relatively mild weekend will turn cold and wet.

Today’s “cold and frosty” start will lead into a dry day with some sunshine and highest temperatures of 6 to 11 degrees, according to Met Éireann.

“The higher temperatures are going to be along the west coast, with cooler temperatures on the south coast,” forecaster Joanna Donnelly told RTÉ Radio One this morning.

Motorists should take care as morning fog may linger in some places, reducing visibility.

Tomorrow will be cloudier overall, but “mainly dry”. Highest temperatures will range from 7-10 degrees.

“Things are going slightly downhill from there on Monday,” Ms Donnelly said.

Rain will spread from the west to the east during the day, with lowest temperatures from 4 to 7 degrees.

The rain will continue during the week heavy rain in some areas.

Met Éireann say the Christmas weekend will be unsettled, with some snow showers continuing in the west and northwest on Thursday.

However the snow is unlikely to sit due to damp conditions.

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