Mild Christmas set to continue, but rain will join in time for sales

It may be 70 years since Bing Crosby recorded ‘White Christmas’ but the Emerald Isle failed to turn white to mark the anniversary.

A top temperature of 10ºC was recorded at Valentia weather station in Kerry at one point on Christmas Day, with the 2.5ºC recorded at Knock Airport being the lowest on the day.

A week before Christmas, one bookmaker considered top temperatures of less than 5ºC most likely for Christmas Day, and offered 7/2 for anybody willing to wager it reaching from 8ºC to 11ºC.

But while it was good weather for budding Sean Kellys and Bradley Wiggins to roadtest their new wheels, forecasters have a different message for the coming days.

After gale-force winds lashed parts of the country yesterday evening, particularly around the west and north-west, the south coast was also warned of overnight gales. Westerly and south-westerly winds of force six or higher led to a warning from Met Éireann about the use of small crafts at sea, and gusts of more than 40 knots were recorded on parts of the western seaboard by early afternoon yesterday.

For those thinking about braving the streets to do some shopping in the sales, today promises to be a bit brighter and drier for at least the earlier parts of the day. But after scattered showers in parts of the west and north, Met Éireann said more rain will develop in the south-west and west this evening and it will get very windy again overnight.

The forecast from tomorrow and into the weekend features many repetitions of the words “wind”, “gale”, “rain”, and “showers”.

Temperatures will stay at or above normal, so there may be savings on logs for the fire.


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