Ken Ring’s weather forecast for the coming months


Will Ireland have a white Christmas?

Ken Ring’s weather forecast for the coming months

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Will Ireland have a white Christmas?

Long-range Kiwi weather forecaster Ken Ring outlines to That's Farming what he believes that weather has in store for Ireland for the coming months.

September and October

From now until the first week of October, a large anticyclone may move eastwards over the country, giving dry and mostly sunny weather, according to King.

Temperatures stay normal, but the clear skies and light winds allow for night-time minimums to fall below average and at the end of the month, frost, mist and fog may become widespread.

Later in the first week of October, a band of showers will move westwards across the country, marking the beginning of a week of unsettled weather. Rain or showers may be heavy in places.

In the second and third weeks, with temperatures well above normal, deep depressions will bring heavy rain and strong winds.

For the four weeks after 12th, Ring explained that it may be wet in the southeast, and warmer and sunnier than average.

Around 20-24th, high pressure may bring dry, misty weather with variable sunshine.

Heavy rain is expected to arrive in the third and last weeks of October. In the last few days of the month, expect wet and windy conditions, especially in the south and west.

November

King said that more heavy rain is expected in the first few days of November. The second week of November is generally dry and sunny, although a cold front on one day may bring a short period of increased cloud and heavy rain.

He expects the third week to begin with an anticyclone and mostly dry weather; rain is expected to be confined mainly to northern areas.

The south-east may be sunny while the rest may be dull.

Later in the third week, it may become unsettled everywhere as an active front brings rain.

He outlined that it will mild at first, but becomes much colder, with widespread wintry showers and possible snow around the 19th.

In the last 10 days of November, an anticyclone intensifies bringing dry and cloudy conditions, and any rain amounts may be small. Temperatures are above normal, and winds are expected to be generally light.

December

In the first week of December, frontal systems will bring small amounts of rain each day, except in the north and northwest, King said.

He anticipates that the second week will bring heavy falls, with winds from the southwest. After 12th, expect a sunny period, dry with severe frost at times.

The weather guru said that in the third week, rain may be confined to the west and southwest, but spells of heavy rain may affect all areas on or near 14th and 17th, accompanied by gales from the southwest.

This may result in serious flooding near southern coasts around mid-month, he added.

In the fourth week, there may be little or no rain falling, because an anticyclone from the east may drift northwards up the country, bringing dry and sunny conditions with light winds.

Daytime temperatures may fall, while frost becomes more frequent. Ring noted that Christmas Day should be mostly dry across the country.

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