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White Christmas? Met Eireann’s forecast for Christmas predicts that it will be cold and frosty but dry

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Christmas week will be cold and frosty

Christmas week will be cold and frosty

Christmas week will be cold and frosty

A “plunge” of cold air will see a sprinkling of frost on Christmas Eve night although it will be mainly dry on the Big Day meaning no snow this year.

Met Eireann’s forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day predicts that both will be cold, bright and dry.

"Christmas Eve will be cold with sunny spells and a good deal of dry weather, but with a few showers also,” they said. “Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees with light to moderate northwest breezes.

"At the moment, Christmas Day looks like being a cold and mainly dry day with some bright spells, but with the possibility of rain developing in the west later."

Alan O'Reilly from Carlow weather also predicted a "plunge" of cold air over the festive season, but added that it will be "mainly dry" on December 25.

Meanwhile, it will be dry in the east at first today with rain in Munster, Connacht and west Ulster that will be heavy at times and will spread eastwards.

It will clear by early afternoon with sunshine and scattered showers following. Mildest during the morning with temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees and moderate to fresh south to southwest winds.

Tomorrow will be cool and breezy with sunshine and widespread showers, many of them heavy or prolonged and some of hail while Sunday will be bright with sunny spells and scattered showers, some heavy or of hail.

On Sunday night rain will move eastwards across the country and will be heavy in many areas and may be accompanied by strong winds. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees.

However, Monday will be cold and mainly dry with sunny spells and perhaps a few showers near west and north coasts. Tuesday will start off dry. However, rain and sleet will spread north-eastwards across the country through the second half of the day.

"On Wednesday morning, rain and sleet will clear eastwards with sunshine and showers following from the west,” Mer Eireann added.

“Highest temperatures of 5 to 7 degrees with moderate to fresh northwest winds. Frost will develop on Wednesday night."

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