WEATHER FORECAST: Snow sign of White Christmas – but Kilkenny will see some unusual conditions over coming days
Kilkenny is unlikely to see a White Christmas tomorrow.
But with Christmas Day just hours away, weather forecasters have revealed unusual conditions will dominate our festive celebrations.
In its latest forecast, Met Éireann says snow is looking unlikely with the unseasonably mild conditions and wet and windy weather in recent days set to continue.
But rainfall warnings will be likely over the week-long Christmas period. Ireland is also set to be caught between two airmasses meaning the north and south will see very different conditions.
Today will be a cloudy morning with outbreaks of rain slowly spreading north, reaching Ulster by the afternoon.
Clearer, brighter and drier conditions will follow in from the south, extending further north as the rain clears with highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees.
It will become cloudier across the country in the evening with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the southwest as some patchy mist forms elsewhere before the rain extends to all areas by night with lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees.
A Met Éireann said: “While the exact details of the weather over the Christmas weekend can be a little uncertain at times, with Rudolph’s help, Santa will have no problem navigating his way through the rain.
“Low pressure will dominate our weather in the lead up to Christmas, bringing some wet and breezy conditions. Turning milder for a time also.
“A rather cloudy Christmas morning with outbreaks of rain moving in from the south and becoming more widespread by the afternoon. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees with light to moderate southeast winds.”
Christmas Day will end with some clear breaks in the cloud developing as the rains slowly moves away to the north.
The winds will fall to a light southerly and overnight temperatures will dip to 4 to 7 degrees with some patchy mist developing.
St Stephen’s Day will be a generally cloudy day with scattered outbreaks of rain at times. There will be some afternoon clear spells, however, with generally light winds and highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees.
Monday is set to be a relatively calm and mild day with scattered cloud and one or two isolated showers for areas in the far northwest. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees with light winds.
Looking forward, current indications suggest conditions from Tuesday on will bring another period of unsettled weather with spells of rain and breezy winds but temperatures should be a touch milder.