Sun and rain, yes, but no 'White Christmas' on cards
hopes of a white Christmas have taken a hit with long-term weather forecasters predicting December will see sunshine and showers rather than snowfalls.
Bookmakers now reckon there is only an outside chance of snow on Christmas Day across major Irish cities.
Paddy Power are offering odds of 4/1 that snow falls in Dublin on December 25 - the same ranking as Manchester and Belfast.
Met Eireann only offer forecasts over a week to 10-day period.
However, AccuWeather have indicated that they believe December will prove to be a month of sunshine, showers and relatively mild conditions across the country.
They are forecasting that December 25 will see brief spells of bright conditions interrupted by rain showers and temperatures of around 10C - the second highest of the month.
Many parts of Ireland will not even see frost on Christmas morning, forecasters say.
Christmas Eve will see the best conditions of the three-day festive break.
The forecast is in sharp contrast to the Weather Company, which has suggested that the UK could be facing up to 40 days of snow and ice with temperatures plunging to -14C due to a possible 'Arctic bubble'.
They have suggested that the weather across the UK could be severely affected by the jet stream, which will unleash plunging temperatures, freezing fog and snow showers.
However, Met Eireann said that Ireland can expect milder conditions later this week after a cold snap which saw temperatures fall down to-3C set to pass.
From tomorrow, our weather will become milder but much wetter, with temperatures of 12C likely on Friday.