Met Éireann's monthly forecast has given a glimpse into what we can expect throughout the month of December as the festive season gets underway.
The predictions bring welcome news of less than average rainfall and a dominant high-pressure system bringing somewhat milder conditions for the time of year.
From Friday, November 25 to Thursday, December 1, low pressure will remain dominant, bringing further changeable conditions across the country.
It is expected to be relatively wet in the first week of December with above-average rainfall, according to forecasters.
However, it will also turn slightly warmer than usual with marginally above-average temperatures.
From Friday, December 2 to Thursday, December 8, the current projections for Week 3 indicate a shift to high pressure, giving most counties more settled weather overall.
Rainfall amounts are forecast to be somewhat below normal for the time of year with temperatures typical for early December.
Heading into the middle of the month, from Friday, December 9 to Thursday, December 15, things are considerably uncertain.
However, early indications are that there will be little change from Week 3 with high pressure remaining dominant. Rainfall amounts are forecast to remain somewhat lower than normal with temperatures again fairly typical for the time of year.
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