MET EIREANN has finally answered the question that has been bugging everyone: will Ireland be getting a white Christmas in 2019?
The answer, unfortunately, appears to be a no – but it’s not all doom at gloom for the Emerald Isle on December 25.
According to the Irish national weather forecaster, Ireland can look forward to “Dry, chilly and settled” weather over the festive break.
So, while the chances of snow are slim to none, Christmas revellers can at least look forward to a clear bright day, rather than one bogged down in torrential rain.
The forecast indicates It will remain cold for much of the week with freezing temperatures expected overnight on Friday and Saturday.
A Met Eireann forecaster told the Irish Mirror: "Tonight will start dry in most areas with clear spells. Showers in the southwest will spread across Munster and south Leinster.
"They will clear again later and temperatures will drop close to freezing, giving some frost and the risk of ice on roads. Some fog is likely to form as well.
"Lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees in little or no wind.
"Saturday is looking largely dry with sunny spells. A few showers will affect the south later in the day and it may stay misty in some parts.
"Highest temperatures of 4 to 6 degrees in light breezes.
"Some showers on Saturday night in the west and north overnight but generally dry elsewhere and with some frost. Minimum temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees."
Sunday and Monday looks set to bring a mix of dry and sunny weather along with some occasional showers.
The positive is that relatively mild temperatures are expected, with potential highs of up to 9 degrees.
Christmas Day looks set to bring a largely uneventful period of weather.
Met Eireann said: "Current trends suggest high pressure will build towards Ireland for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with an increased likelihood of dry, chilly and settled weather."