Chance of white Christmas melts away in mild weather

Snow on the Glenshane Pass. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press Intl

Snow on the Glenshane Pass. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press Intl

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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.