Ireland to reach -20°C this winter with 2 months of Snow
Ireland will shiver through a colder-than-normal winter with “significant” snow and bone-chilling -12°C TO -20°C temperatures, forecasters warned last night.
They also said there would be increased transport disruption this winter and a higher chance of a white Christmas in 2012.
Met Eireann does not issue long-range forecasts and Britain’s Met Office has scrapped its seasonal outlooks after blunders.
But British Weather Services, which issues Irish weather forecasts for Irish insurers, transport firms and bookmakers Paddy Power, expects a bitter December and January.
A white Christmas — like those in 2009 and 2010 — has a better chance than usual this year due to blocking high pressure cutting off milder Atlantic air, said the BWS.
Weathermen dashed hopes of a repeat of last year’s mild winter, which saw a balmy 14°C Christmas Day.
BWS senior meteorologist Jim Dale said: “We’re forecasting a colder than average period from mid-November to late January for Ireland, with significant snow at times.
“It won’t be surprising to see minimum temperatures fall to -10°C to -12°C and there will be disruption.
“Road users will need to be very aware of snow hazards.”
Dale added: “There’s a better than average chance of a white Christmas in Ireland this year as the coldest part will be early rather than late in winter, with February expected to see milder Atlantic-influenced conditions.”
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