Will there be snow at Christmas in Ireland this year?

Will there be snow at Christmas in Ireland this year?

WEATHER experts have given their verdict on Ireland's chances of a 'White Christmas' this year.

Over the last 60 years, it's actually snowed on Christmas Day nine times, which isn't a bad ratio.

But according to experts at Met Eireann, we won't be hitting double figures this year.

Typical 2020.

So what will this Christmas look like?

While it's still over three weeks away, forecasters can predict the weather fairly definitively.

Accuweather, who provide long-range forecasts, say that we're set for a chilly, drizzly Christmas, with spots of sunshine dotted around.

There'll be no snow on Christmas eve either, which will is destined for rain and patches of sun too.

What have the experts said?

Met Eireann Senior Climatologist Keith Lambkin said: "Extreme weather experienced in Ireland in 2020 is likely to become more common into the future.

"Our analysis shows a wetter Winter and drier Spring than we have been used to."

Michaell Gallagher, a postman based in Donegal, famous for his rather unconventional method of predicting the weather by observing the behaviour of plants and animals, says he's convinced that snow is coming, by can't be sure if it'll fall on Christmas Day or not.

"That's just one day, it's hard to be that exact about it," he told RSVP Live.

"But I know there will be snow, and it will be close to Christmas Day. It will be there or thereabouts."

When was the last 'White Christmas' in Ireland?

On average, it snows on Christmas Day about every six years. The last time it happened was in 2010. Which means we're overdue a White Christmas by about four years - though the longest wait we suffered through was 13 years!

Previous snowy Christmases happened in 1964, 1970, 1980, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2004, 2009 and the aforementioned 2010.

Well, if this year has taught us anything, it's to expect the unexpected, so keep your fingers crossed and you never know, there might be one last surprise in store for 2020 before we bid goodbye to this bizarre year.