Long-range Kiwi weather guru - Ken Ring - is predicting that snow will arrive in Ireland after Christmas and into January - the last part of which is dry and freezing.
Speaking to That's Farming, Ken said winter may seem cool for longer, revealing that May will see the last of winter frosts and some fine weather but cool.
He outlined that temperatures will suddenly increase around the beginning of June. The first three weeks of both June and July; the first half of August and most of September should be settled and warm, Ken maintains.The second half of 2019
He said that from just after mid-October it should be drier than normal in the northern half of the country, wet in the South-East, but warmer and sunnier than normal in most places.
Ken - who use the cycles of the moon, and tidal movements to make his predictions and utilises the solar cycle to predict temperatures - said sea temperatures will not drop as much as usual; rain will fall again in the west around October 25th.
"Localised heavy rain in County Waterford around the end of October will bring a wet start to an otherwise fairly dry November in the south, and mild and dry conditions in the north. The 18 November may bring rain to all." Ken Ring told That's Farming.
He predicts that December will be wet and windy around the middle of the month, with 14/15th being the wettest period. He believes a period of sunny dryness will bring severe frost at times from the 19th onwards, and until the end of the month, most areas are likely to be precipitation-free, in particular, the east.
He said it will seem a year of contrasts with a summer not as hot as the previous winter was cold, although we will see bursts of heat occasionally.
"Spring temperatures may linger in the mild mid-teens until the week before Christmas 2019." Ken Ring concluded.
The Weather Almanac for Ireland - which will alert farmers to grazing opportunities throughout next year - is available as an e-book here.