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Snow Chance White Christmas hopes doused as Met Eireann predict wet Christmas Day

“Christmas Day looks likely to be cloudy with spells of rain continuing for most and highest temperatures of seven to 10 degrees.”

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It looks like hopes of a white Christmas have been doused as Met Eireann predicts a wet Christmas Day with heavy rain on the way. 

However, the forecaster was quick to reassure kids that with Rudolph's help, Santa will have no problem making his way through the downpour.

“It will be a wet start in many areas on Christmas Eve with continued outbreaks of rain,” Met Eireann said.

“That rain will clear to the north through the day with some drier spells developing, though scattered patches of light rain and drizzle will linger. Highest temperatures will range between nine to 11 degrees in light to moderate south-easterly winds.

“There remains some uncertainty in the forecast for Christmas weekend,” they added.

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“Current indications suggest that more rain will spread across the country from the southwest on Friday night.

“Christmas Day looks likely to be cloudy with spells of rain continuing for most and highest temperatures of seven to 10 degrees.”

Meanwhile, Tuesday will be cloudy and dull with a few patches of drizzle and occasional brighter spells. Highest temperatures will barely make nine degrees.

Tonight will be cloudy but largely dry although rain will spread across Connacht, Munster and parts of Leinster overnight, turning heavy in the southwest by morning.

The mercury, however, will drop to between three to seven degrees tonight, with rain extending into the west and south-west accompanied by strengthening south-east winds.

Rain will become widespread tomorrow morning, turning heavy at times in the south and southwest. The rain will clear north-eastwards through the afternoon, with brief drier intervals developing in between lingering patches of drizzle.

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Further outbreaks of rain will push into the southwest in the evening and it will feel slightly milder with highs of seven degrees in the north to 12 degrees in the south in moderate to fresh south to southeast winds.

“Low pressure will dominate our weather in the lead up to Christmas, bringing wet and breezy spells,” Met Eireann added. “And it will turn milder for a time also.

Wednesday night will be cloudy and wet with outbreaks of rain spreading across the country from the southwest again, turning heavy at times.

Rain will clear to the north through Thursday morning, leaving a bright and dry day for most with sunny spells and scattered showers.

It will be relatively mild with highest temperatures of nine to 11 degrees in moderate south-westerly winds before turning cloudy again on Thursday night with outbreaks of rain gradually spreading from the southwest.

Friday, Christmas Eve, will bring rain at times. However, temperatures will drop - with highs ranging from seven to ten degrees.

Met Éireann meteorologist Siobhán Ryan said there is still uncertainty regarding the conditions on Christmas Day.

"It's going to turn more unsettled, but it is going to turn milder too," she said of the weather from today. "At the moment, while it looks like there's going to be some heavy falls of rain possible in the south-west, with more general falls of rain elsewhere, it isn't all bad news either.

"It looks like Thursday should be very pleasant countrywide, with temperatures rising into double digits and sunny spells for most parts."

Meanwhile, Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather tweeted early yesterday to say that there is also huge uncertainty about what to expect on Christmas Day. However, he said the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts model has "flipped" and is showing "far milder weather for Christmas Day and the following few days".

Met Éireann's Ms Ryan added: "Those keeping an eye on the Christmas weather know there has been a lot of uncertainty with regard to the conditions for later this Christmas week. That remains the case at the moment with our weather models still coming into fine focus, particularly for Christmas Day and beyond."

Ms Ryan added that "everything is still to play for" and the public should stay up to date with the latest weather reports.

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