Showery and windy for Christmas week, no snow promised – Met Eireann
Christmas week will be a showery and windy week and current indications for Met Eireann suggest there’ll be no snow.
There’s a status yellow wind warning for Ireland until 11.00 this morning (Monday), according to Met Eireann.
Southerly winds of mean speeds 50 to 65km/h will gust 90 to 100km/h, it said.
The strongest winds will be on Atlantic coastal counties and exposed hilly areas, Met Eireann said.
After widespread rain this morning, dry conditions with sunny spells will develop countrywide by afternoon, however, it said that early tonight, rain will spread from the southwest to all areas once again.
According to Met Eireann, it will be rather windy up to early afternoon, with strong and gusty, southerly winds veering westerly, but then backing southwest and moderating for a time.
There’ll be highest temperatures today, 9 to 13 degrees Celsius, mildest in the south, it said.
Rain will continue in all parts of the country tonight, with some heavy falls likely in the west and southwest, according to Met Eireann.
Southwesterly winds will strengthen everywhere also but it will be fairly mild and it said there’ll be lowest temperatures 6 to 10 degrees Celsius.
Strong, southwesterly winds will decrease moderate to fresh and it will be rather mild and there will be highest temperatures 11 to 14 degrees Celsius.
Tuesday night will be cold and rather breezy with scattered showers, most of which will occur in western counties and a few sheltered locations may have a slight grass frost, according to Met Eireann.
Showers will continue in western areas on Wednesday but the rest of the country will be mainly dry and bright.
However, it said it will feel rather cool since southerly winds will strengthen everywhere as the day goes on.
Early on Wednesday night, rain will arrive in western areas and will then spread eastwards to affect all parts of the country as the night goes on.
Some heavy falls of rain are likely to occur in many places Wednesday however, on Thursday morning, Christmas Eve, the rain will soon clear, Met Eireann said.
It said that winds will veer westerly fresh to strong, and showers will develop as the day goes on, some turning wintry on higher ground.
Showers will continue in the west and north on Thursday night but elsewhere will be mainly dry, with slackening southwesterly breezes allowing ground frost to develop locally, it said.
Christmas Day will start cold and bright in many places but cloud and rain will develop across the southern half of the country during the morning, according to Met Eireann.
The rain will move further north to affect all areas during the afternoon and evening, turning heavy at times, it said.
Winds will become moderate to fresh, it said, easterly in northern counties and this will keep it feeling cold there, but winds will be moderate to fresh, southerly elsewhere making it feel a lot milder.
Rain will continue in most places overnight into St. Stephen’s Day, Met Eireann said.
St. Stephen’s Day
According to Met Eireann, St. Stephen’s Day itself will remain quite wet until drier conditions develop in the evening and early night.
Southerly winds will strengthen on St. Stephen’s Day but it will be rather mild, with temperatures several degrees above normal everywhere, it said.
Sunday and the early days of next week will remain rather mild for the time of year but with ongoing fresh or strong, mainly southerly winds and it said there will be dry periods at first but spells of rain will occur thereafter.