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Irish Mirror
Justin Kelly

Urgent 'Beast from the East' weather update issued for Ireland amid big change in forecast

Met Eireann has updated their long-range weather forecast right up to Christmas as a well-known independent weather man slams reports of Beast from the East.

It's set to get a whole lot chillier over the next few days as temperatures continue to drop below zero on Sunday and Monday night. This dip in temperatures led many to believe that some snowy weather is on the way.

However, the rumour has been squashed by Carlow Weather's Alan O'Reilly who did urge people to check their oil tanks as we head into the winter period.

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He said: "I see headlines using 'Beast from the East' and including some of my tweets. There is no sign of any Beast at present.

"There is a trend to higher pressure and cooler weather with a chance, and it’s just a chance, of some Easterly weather in about ten to fifteen days time. Way too far out yet to have any confidence.

"As many of you will know the weather models are often wrong a few days out. Might be worth checking the oil tank anyway as we head into Winter but I’m keeping a close eye and will keep you updated as best I can," he concluded.

Met Éireann is also finding hard to predict the weather beyond next week with lots of "uncertainty" in their latest forecast.

In their forecast for November 28 to December 4, Met Éireann says it looks like we will "end November on a much drier note than of late, as high pressure looks to be the dominant influence over our weather. Rainfall is likely to be below average for the time of year, and temperatures also look to be slightly above average."

For the next week up to December 11, they predict as "similar story with high pressure being the dominant influence over our weather for early December. Rainfall will likely by much lower than normal for the time of year, though temperatures will possibly dip lower than the average."

A walker in the snow at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (stock image) (Collins Photos)

From December 12 to 18 "uncertainty grows in the forecast, and there is little signal in the way of high or low pressure dominating our weather."

"However, temperatures will likely be average for the time of year. Rainfall amounts in the south and southeast will likely be higher than normal, with below average amounts expected elsewhere," Met Éireann's latest forecast says.

For Christmas week, Met Éireann says "uncertainty grows."

"Again, there is little signal in the way of dominant pressure patterns establishing, though rainfall amounts are expected to be lower than normal for the time of year."

In the short-term, it will be wet and windy on Saturday with "fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds and rain or drizzle in most areas."

Met Éireann says "winds will ease during the afternoon and the rain will generally become lighter and patchier, but will remain persistent and sometimes heavy in the south and southeast. It will be dry in most places by evening, however a band of showers will move into the west. Mild for this time of year, with highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees."

"A band of showery rain will move east across the country early tonight and it will be blustery with fresh to strong and gusty southwest winds. Clear spells and scattered showers will follow overnight, most frequent over the western half of the country, and winds will decrease moderate to fresh. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees."

They predict: "Sunday will be bright and breezy with sunshine and showers. The showers will be heaviest and most frequent in the west. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees with fresh and gusty southerly winds, easing light to moderate during the evening.

"Scattered showers will continue on Sunday night, mainly near the coast. Colder than recent nights, with frost possible as air temperatures drop to between 1 and 5 degrees. Patches of mist and fog are possible in light to moderate, variable winds."

From Monday, our weather will be largely dry. Met Éireann says it will be "generally dry and sunny on Monday, although there will be a few showers, particularly during the morning. Highest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees in a light to moderate westerly wind."


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