Tomorrow (Monday) will be an unsettled day across the Midlands with all areas seeing some heavy rain at times. The rain will be heaviest across western areas of the country. It will be a mild day across the region with highs ranging between 9 and 11 degrees Celsius.

The River Nore in an icy embrace

The River Nore in an icy embrace. The end of this Christmas week will see low temperatures return.

Tuesday will be a very unsettled day across the Midlands with further spells of heavy rain giving some heavy falls of rain in places with a slight risk of localised flooding. Temperatures will again be rather mild raging between 9 and 11 degrees Celsius.

Christmas eve will see a big change in the weather as the rain finally clears during the early hours of Christmas eve. This rain will be followed by clear spells and scattered heavy showers in all areas, with the heaviest of the showers being found across the north and west of the region. Feeling much colder with highs of between 5 and 7 degrees Celsius. Showers will continue overnight and into Christmas day and some may turn wintry especially on the hills.

Frost may be an issue on Christmas morning with some icy patches likely on the roads so do take care out and about on the roads. Temperatures will be cold on Sunday with highs of just 3 to 6 degrees Celsius right across the region. St Stephens day will begin rather dry and bright however this will be short lived as some very unsettled weather makes its way across the Midlands. The rain will be heavy in many areas and may be wintry over the high ground. Winds will be very strong on St Stephens day and may well reach gale force in many areas.

The rain will gradually clear on St Stephens night and will be replaced by squally heavy wintry showers of sleet and snow on Saturday. These showers may well lead to some accumulations of snow especially in northern areas such as Longford, Roscommon, and North Westmeath, however all areas will be at risk. Temperatures will range between 2 and 5 degrees Celsius. Winds will continue to be very strong and may gust in excess of 80 to 90 kph widely.

Sunday will continue bitterly cold with heavy wintry showers continuing in northern and eastern areas. Temperatures will again only reach between 2 and 4 degrees Celsius. The St Stephen’s Day storm has the potential to cause severe coastal flooding to the North Sea coasts of England as high spring tides will coincide with 85+ mph winds and could generate conditions similar to those of the North Sea flood in 1953. These conditions are still around five days away so the timing, and strength of these conditions will be subject to change.

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