Chance of white Christmas melts away in mild weather

A white Christmas is unlikely says the Met Office
A white Christmas is unlikely says the Met Office

A white Christmas looks “unlikely” as forecasters say temperatures will continue to be “exceptionally mild” for December.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “Temperatures in Northern Ireland will stay generally above average for the next week and into the New Year.

“But we will continue to see unsettled weather systems bringing some rain and wind.”

She added: “I can’t guarantee that you are not going to see snow, but at the moment it is looking like milder weather.

“Going by the regional trends any snow would be restricted to higher ground.”

According to the Met Office, temperatures in Northern Ireland will be around 13 degrees Celsius on Friday.

Ms Maxey added: “Temperatures will take a dip at the weekend but by Tuesday of next week temperatures will start coming back up again.”

On Saturday temperatures in Ulster will hover around 13-14 degrees Celsius.

Sunday will see cooler temperatures, with many regional towns forecast to be around eight degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, December temperature records for at least the last 10 years were broken at 41 regional stations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Wednesday night.

The likelihood of the month’s current record for the hottest day, 18.3C (64.94F) in 1948, being broken is currently at 4/6, according to Ladbrokes.

It has also put the chances of seeing the hottest Christmas Day of all time at 2/1.