Forecasters predict a White Christmas for Ireland this year

If predictions are correct, a rare weather phenomenon will bring Ireland’s very first White Christmas in 12 years.

Now, we know it isn’t even Halloween yet, but it’s been a hard year for many. So, we are giving ourselves permission to utter the ‘C’ word a little bit early.

With just over two months to go until the big day, it’s time to stock up on gifts, try to remember where you packed the decorations, and decide who you’re inviting over for Christmas dinner.

With technology for weather forecasting more powerful and accurate than ever, forecasters can look ahead to the end of this year to see what the weather has in store for us.

So, with just 80 days to go, weather forecasters are predicting a White Christmas for Ireland this year. Therefore, suggesting that the Emerald Isle could enjoy its first Christmas Day snowfall in 12 years.

Waking up to snow on Christmas Day ‒ a warm and fuzzy feeling

White Christmas set for Ireland this year.
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We don’t know about you, but the prediction of a White Christmas for Ireland this year has got us feeling all warm and cosy inside.

Taking us back to our childhoods, when we woke up to discover what Santa had brought, the prospect of a White Christmas has brought up lots of nostalgia.

The last time Ireland enjoyed a White Christmas was way back in 2010. Throughout that winter, the island was faced with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures. Dublin saw temperatures drop as low as – 15 C (5 F) and snow as deep as 27 cm (11 in).

These chilling weather conditions brought a wave of travel disruptions and school closures. So, forecasters are predicting that conditions could be the same again this year.

The likelihood of a White Christmas ‒ what forecasters are saying

Cobh covered in a blanket of snow.
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According to a UK-based long-range forecaster, a so-called La Niña weather phenomenon is headed our way in the final months of 2022.

With some forecasters predicting plummeting temperatures reaching as low as – 8 C (17.6 F), it is looking likely that we could see a White Christmas in Ireland this year.

Bookmakers Coral are also seeing positive odds for a White Christmas this year. Speaking to Metro, Coral spokesman John Hill said, “The odds say it will be all white on the big day. Big chills are coming early this year.

White Christmas set for Ireland this year.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

“We are less than 100 days away from Christmas now. And, with temperatures set to fall rapidly over the upcoming days, the early odds suggest we could be set for a White Christmas this year.”

So, we know there are still a couple of months to go. But are you dreaming of a White Christmas for Ireland this year?

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