If you're planning on doing some visiting on Christmas Day, you best make sure to do it before it gets dark.
Otherwise, you'll have to bring the brolly with you. That's if Met Éireann's Christmas Day forecast is to be believed. The experts are predicting a bright start to December 25 but have warned that rain will take hold as we enter the evening. The perfect excuse to laze around the house, if you ask us.
The full forecast for Christmas Day is as follows:
'A crisp, bright start for most of us on Christmas morning with frost clearing but rain will arrive in the southwest early in the day and spread steadily northwards. It will, however, stay mostly dry for the north and east of the country until after dark.
'Easterly winds becoming fresh to strong in the south later in the day. Maximum temperatures of 5 to 6 degrees in the north, and 7 to 9 degrees in the south. The rain will push further north and east Wednesday evening into Wednesday night, reaching all areas. Minimum temperatures on Wednesday night of +1 to +2 degrees, and this could be cold enough for the rain to fall as sleet over high ground.'
As for the other days next week, on Christmas Eve 'showers will be most frequent in the northwest and the rain will become heavier for a time in the southwest before clearing later in the day.'
On St. Stephen's Day 'present indications suggest that wet and windy weather will remain' so it's not looking too good if you want to head out and about over the festive season. The full outlook for Christmas can be found here.