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Christmas chill Ireland weather: Frost and icy patches tonight with -2C lows

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Frosty conditions (Victoria Jones/PA)

Frosty conditions (Victoria Jones/PA)

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Frosty conditions (Victoria Jones/PA)

A Met Eireann forecaster has said that "all systems are go for Santa's flight plan" as the latest weather forecast predicts a dry Christmas Eve night with clear spells. 

There will be almost perfect conditions ahead of the big day although cloud will increase from the northwest overnight.

Lowest temperatures of minus two to plus three and it will be coolest in the southeast with frost developing for a time in light west to southwest breezes.

Christmas Day will be mostly cloudy and dry with just the risk of an isolated shower on the west coast. Highest temperatures of six to nine degrees in moderate to fresh south-westerly winds.

Current indications are that it will turn much colder for the early days of next week after a spell of wet weather on Saturday.

Until then people scrambling to complete last minute preparations before the end of the week will have to deal with the arrival of some rain showers this week.

Today will be rainy and drizzly, with forecasters predicting some dry and some sunny spells across the country. The rain will clear later tonight while frost and some icy patches will develop as overnight temperatures fall to between minus two and plus two degrees.

Tomorrow will be mostly dry with frost and fog lingering in parts, however hazy sunny spells will develop especially in western coastal counties where there will be an ongoing risk of an isolated shower.

Rain and sleet are expected on Wednesday when the worst of the bad weather arrives ahead of the Christmas celebrations.

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