Arctic winds warning for Northern Ireland 'premature' but low temperatures possible, says Met Office
A Met Office forecaster has said warnings arctic winds will drive down temperatures in Northern Ireland are premature.
However, while it may be too early to make accurate predictions, low temperatures should still be expected.
It has been reported that freezing air from the North Pole could be set to send temperatures as low as -11C.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts said: "We don’t really have the science beyond about 30 days because of the inherently chaotic nature of weather.
"The further ahead you go, the less reliable and detailed you can be with a forecast.
"To give specific temperatures is not a reasonable thing to do."
However, Ms Roberts said the temperatures predicted are "not wild".
"We would expect to see somewhere, probably in Scotland, getting that order of temperatures... we got -5 last night so it’s not a massive leap," she said.
It was also noted the Met Office has a seasonal forecasting team, but it looks at weather in a "probabilistic way" and that "the science is very young and there is much more research to be done in that area".
Generally January and February are Northern Ireland's coldest months.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Northern Ireland was in Castlederg, Co Tyrone on 24 December 2010, when it dipped to -18.7C.
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