Settled and mainly dry in the run up to Christmas Day

High pressure will continue to keep our weather settled and largely dry through this weekend and into the early days of Christmas Week, though there are some signs of more unsettled weather from mid-week onwards and possibly turning colder over the Christmas weekend.

Met Éireann meteorologist, Deirdre Lowe, said: “Most of us will enjoy a spell of dry and quiet weather in the lead up to Christmas, it’ll be fairly cloudy though and some spots will see a little patchy mist or drizzle in thicker cloud.  It’ll turn a bit colder over the weekend too, with daytime temperatures around 6 to 9 Celsius.”

“It’ll stay fairly cloudy during the nights which should keep frosts at bay, though the odd patch of frost can’t be ruled out where clearer skies develop.”

This settled weather will continue into the early days of next week, though it looks likely that high pressure will gradually break down from around mid-week onwards, turning our weather more unsettled as we get closer to Christmas Day.  Whilst there is a good deal of uncertainty in the forecast, there are some signs of colder air being dragged across the country over Christmas weekend.

Meteorologist Deirdre Lowe continued: “It’s still too early to say with certainty what weather we can expect on Christmas Day. At the moment it looks like the current blocking high pressure will be replaced by low pressure, increasing the chance of unsettled weather.  There’re also some early signs of a possible cold spell over the Christmas period but it’s still very uncertain, so keep an eye on the latest Met Éireann forecast.”

The Met Éireann Podcast ‘White Christmas’ Episode

Listen back to our December 2019 White Christmas episode of The Met Éireann Podcast where Liz and Noel dig into all things snow! We hear about how often we get a white Christmas, how frequent snowfall is in general, and review some of the notable big snow events we’ve experienced in Ireland and around the world.

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