Long Range Weather Forecast For Ireland (25 December 2020)

TODAY ... Rather cold with a mixture of cloud and brighter intervals, winds generally light westerly increasing this afternoon slightly to 30-50 km/hr. Highs near 6 C east to 10 C west.

TONIGHT ... Becoming rather windy with intervals of light rain, winds westerly 40 to 70 km/hr, temperatures steady in the range of 6 to 8 C east, 8 to 10 C west.

SATURDAY 26th ... Storm "Bella" will set in with a strong westerly wind reaching 70 to 110 km/hr at times, temperatures will peak at about 11-12 C around late morning or noon before starting a slow decline (more evident in the north), with some intervals of heavy rain and squally conditions at times by late afternoon.

SUNDAY 27th ... Much colder with strong northwest winds continuing, 50 to 80 km/hr with higher gusts in exposed western counties, passing showers becoming increasingly mixed and wintry especially over higher parts of the north where snow may begin to accumulate. Morning lows near 2 C and afternoon highs only 4 to 6 C, feeling closer to the -2 to +1 range in the wind.

MONDAY 28th ... Although winds may drop off slightly in the east, it will remain very windy and cold further west, with more of a northerly direction, at 70 to 100 km/hr. Wintry showers or intervals of sleet, snow accumulating on some hills, temperatures steady 1 to 3 C.

TUESDAY 29th ... Cold and breezy with passing snow showers, some mixing may occur at sea level especially near the Atlantic, but with temperatures in the range of -1 to +3 C snow could accumulate in some fairly low elevations. Winds north backing to northwest 40 to 70 km/hr.

WEDNESDAY 30th ... Partly cloudy to overcast, continued quite cold, isolated wintry showers likely, lows near -3 C and highs near 4 C.

NEW YEARS EVE into NEW YEARS DAY will bring an interval of sleet and snow, some accumulations of 1-3 cm are possible, watching this for any intensification, but with temperatures generally close to freezing, heavier snow accumulations are possible on higher ground at least.

OUTLOOK ... Continued very cold for several more days to a week at least in January 2021, with risks of snow especially around the 4th-5th which some guidance advertises could turn very wintry