Weather ex­pert Jean melts our hopes...

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THE chances of a white Christ­mas this year have melted away, says RTE weather ex­pert Jean Byrne.

With the spe­cial day just 41 sleeps away, bet­ting has al­ready started on whether snow will fall.

But Kerry na­tive Jean, who joined the sta­tion al­most 20 years ago, said it’s very un­likely.

She added: “To put it in con­text, it has only hap­pened 12 times in 71 years.

“Our weather tends to come in from the At­lantic and we tend to have wind and rain but it did hap­pen in 2009 and 2010.

“It can hap­pen but we won’t know un­til 10 days ahead. It’s as likely as one year as the next.”

The me­te­o­rol­o­gist, who is well known for her edgy style choices, told how fash­ion is one of her pas­sions. She said: “I love art and ar­chi­tec­ture, all forms of art re­ally.

“For me cloth­ing and my style is just an ex­ten­sion of that, chos­ing stuff that’s in­ter­est­ing, suits me and that I like to wear.” Jean was launch­ing the TK Maxx Christ­mas cam­paign. A lim­ited num­ber of be­spoke, two-foot-long White Christ­mas snow globes will be hid­den on the shelves in stores na­tion­wide. Lucky shop­pers who find one will be treated to a de­liv­ery of real snow to their homes.

Mean­while, no­to­ri­ously pri­vate Byrne said she wouldn’t rule out ap­pear­ing on RTE’S Danc­ing with the Stars.

She added: “I don’t know be­cause there are pros and cons.

“I have been known to do some twirling in the pri­vacy of my own home.”

Asked whether she still re­ceives fan mail, Jean said: “In re­cent years let­ters are nearly a thing of the past. Mar­riage pro­pos­als? I haven’t had any in quite a while.”

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