JOHN PATRICK KIERANS

Fore­cast warns snow likely in Jan­uary af­ter New Year gets off to warm start

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY

IRE­LAND could be hit with snow be­fore the month is out, ac­cord­ing to a new weather chart.

The fore­cast from Wx­charts pre­dicts parts of the coun­try will be af­fected from Jan­uary 20.

Met Eire­ann said it will not com­ment on the pre­dic­tions but con­firmed “sud­den strato­spheric warm­ing” has in­creased such a like­li­hood. Fore­caster Gerry Mur­phy Dublin last year said: “Sud­den strato­spheric warm­ing at the start of the month can some­times bring cold weather to this part of the world.

“It in­creases the pos­si­bil­ity of very cold weather at the end of the month, but that doesn’t mean it will hap­pen.

“It de­pends on a lot of fac­tors and it’s sim­ply too far away to pre­dict.”

Six inches of snow is ex­pected in the UK, how­ever the pre­dic­tion for Ire­land is just one or two inches.

Mean­while, to­day will be mostly cloudy with patchy rain and tem­per­a­tures be­tween 8C and 11C as the mild spell con­tin­ues.

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