Met Eireann

  • A status red warning has been issued for Galway and Clare as Storm Jorge heads towards Ireland.

    The alert will be in place from 1pm, while there's a status orange warning for the rest of the country tomorrow.

    Crisis management teams across the country have been activated to deal with the conditions, with winds of up to 145 kilometres an hour expected.

    The National Emergency Co-ordination group has met and is advising people to keep an eye on neighbours, stay away from the coast and take extra care on the roads.

    The ESB's Derek Hynes says some power outages are expected:

  • A Status Red Wind Warning is now in place for Clare and Galway as Storm Jorge hits Ireland.

     

    The alert's in place until 3pm, with gusts of up to 145 kilometres per hour expected, and a risk of coastal flooding.

     

    Several other warnings are also in place for the rest of the country - the last of which expires in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

     

    Met Eireann's Elizabeth Coleman says the red alert has been brought forward from this afternoon:

  • A status yellow warning for snow and ice remains in place for Ireland until Saturday, with showers of hail, sleet and snow forecast.

    Met Eireann is warning that most part of the country will be hit by snowfall today.

    There will be widespread outbreaks of heavy rain spreading in a north-easterly direction. However, Met Éireann said these showers would turn to sleet or snow as the day progresses.

    The snow is likely to be heaviest over much of Munster and south Leinster, with the forecaster warning of some "significant accumulations" in places.

    Meteorologist Vincent O'Shea said the snow would be predominantly confined to higher ground, but there was a risk that some inland areas would also be affected.

    The band of weather will clear southwards later in the evening, with overnight temperatures between -2C and -5C.

    Tomorrow is expected is be significantly drier with spells of sunshine.

    However, Met Éireann predicts tomorrow night will be "bitterly cold" as temperatures fall to -4C, with a severe frost and icy conditions.

    Some sunny weather is expected on Saturday morning. But the frost and ice will return once again later that night.

  • A weather warning has been issued for seven counties tonight with gusts of 100 km/h expected.

    The forecaster has issued two Status Yellow wind warnings today, the first is in place for Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Kerry, between midnight and 8am on Monday.

    The second alert is valid for Wexford, Cork and Waterford from 3am until 11am tomorrow.

    Met Eireann has said that falling temperatures, strong winds and heavy rain are expected over the coming days.

  • A warm-weather warning will come into effect for this region later this afternoon.

    Temperatures are set to hit in excess of 27 degrees in parts of the south and west, according to Met Eireann, who've issued a yellow level alert.

    It's in place for Mayo, Galway, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick from 1pm until 7pm.

    Meanwhile, Water Safety Ireland is warning people to stay safe when swimming in the hot weather.

    Chief executive John Leech says children, especially, shouldn't take any risks.

    Ice cream sales are set to rocket today with the warm weather.

    Fergal O'Connor of O'Connor's Ice Cream in Lahinch, Co. Clare, says the sunshine is vital for business.

  • Met Eireann says wintry showers and thunderstorms are likely in parts this week, as adverse weather conditions continue.

    The forecaster has warned of long spells of sleet and snow in northern parts, with temperatures dropping to between zero and one degree.

    Meteorologist with Met Eireann, Joanna Donnelly says the cold snap will last for a number of days.

  • The West of Ireland can expect another warm day, but temperatures not quite as high as yesterday, which is believed to have been the hottest day of the year so far.

    Temperatures in the West rose to the high 20's - with 28 degrees recorded in Shannon and Kerry, while closer to home, Newport enjoyed 25 degrees with 24 recorded in Claremorris and 23 degrees in Knock.

    Forecasters are predicting another warm day today, with temperatures in Connacht reaching 20-25 degrees.

    Sunshine this morning, but cloud building with a very heavy showers possible in Mayo and Galway.

    Met Éireann has warned that the UV index and pollen levels will both be "very high" for the coming days as temperatures soar.

    Meanwhile, wildlife officials are urging the public to be vigilant in the face of potentially deadly wildfires due to tinder dry conditions.

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) issued a warning of the high risk of wildfires breaking out.

    Tomorrow will remain warm with sunny spells and highs of between19 and 24 degrees in the West, while  there's a chance of a few showers breaking out  -some heavy.

     

     

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    With temperatures across the West falling as low as minus 3 overnight, a bitterly cold weather front from Siberia will hit Ireland today.

    The Arctic weather front, nicknamed The Beast from the East, will bring scattered snow showers along the east coast to begin, but scattered wintry showers will spread westwards across the country by this evening.

    Very cold again tonight with a severe frost and icy stretches, and temperatures across Connacht fall to between minus 2 and minus 6 degrees.

    The country is braced for transport chaos, widespread school closures and disruptions to supermarket supplies later in the week, as Storm Emma hits on Thursday & Friday.

    The storm will see temperatures plunge to -10C, with blizzard-like conditions expected in Dublin, Leinster, the Midlands, Ulster and north Connacht.

    Defence Forces teams will be on standby to support the emergency services.

    The Irish Red Cross is making ambulances available, while the Irish Coastguard and Air Corps will be on standby for any medical cases in areas which are inaccessible due to ice and snow.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadker is urging people to heed the weather warnings that are issued in the coming days…

    A Status Orange snow and ice warning is already in place for today in Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath – but Met Éireann say they now expect that to be upgraded to Status Red alert later in the week.

  • Ireland is bracing itself for another cold snap as high pressure over Scandinavia continues to influence our weather for the next few days.

    The freezing winds from Scandinavia and Siberia, dubbed the 'Beast from the East', will bring "exceptionally cold" weather to Ireland, with mostly dry conditions at first with wintry showers becoming widespread next week.

    However, the East Coast of the country is expected to experience the brunt of it although freezing temperatures are expected along the west of Ireland as well.

    Next week will start with mainly dry conditions with some sunny spells but Met Eireann said it will feel very cold for this time of year with top temperatures of between 5C and 6C.

    It will feel very cold on Monday night with severe frost and the risk of wintry showers along northern and eastern coasts.

    Tuesday will see the weather take a turn for the worst with wintry showers becoming widespread. By Thursday it is likely to be "exceptionally cold" and Met Eireann have warned that daytime temperatures may hover at just above freezing or even below freezing in some places.

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    Today has provided a break from the heatwave, as temperatures across the country are considerably lower than previous days.

    Yesterday, Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon recorded the country's top temperature of 28 degrees celsius, with temperatures in Co Mayo ranging from 26 degrees in Claremorris and 25 degrees at Knock Airport to 17 degrees in Belmullet.

    Today temperatures will not exceed 16-19 degrees in Connacht, but warmer, sunnier weather is on the way again over the weekend.

    Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe says temperatures will rise again from tomorrow onwards, with 28 or 29 degrees expected on Sunday and Monday.

     

  • The Government's Emergency Co-ordination Group for Severe Weather meets later.

    It has been convened after Met Eireann issued a warning on extreme cold weather conditions expected this week.

    Met Éireann is forecasting exceptionally cold weather this week.

    Air and ground temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal, with significant wind chill and penetrating severe frosts.

    Snow showers, mainly affecting eastern areas tomorrow, will progressively become more widespread and heavier through midweek

    Authorities are warning the weather event is likely to have a significant and disruptive impact.

    The Housing Minister has acted on recommendations from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management in his Department of Housing.

    Eoghan Murphy's convened the National Co-ordination Group for Severe Weather which will meet 10.30 this morning.

    Already steps are being taken so all homeless individuals and rough sleepers have shelter and accommodation

    While Irish Water has mobilised its Crisis Management arrangements.

  • Drivers are being advised to take extra care on the roads this morning with strong winds continuing to affect the west coast of the country.

    A Status Yellow Wind warning remains in place for Connacht, Cavan, Donegal, Clare, Kerry and Limerick until midday.

    Gusts of up to 110 kilometres an hour can still be expected in those areas with a chance of some coastal flooding.

     

  • Last month was the wettest February on record in many areas, as three named storms brought rainfall "well above average" for this time of year, according to Met Éireann.

    16 stations across the country saw their wettest-ever February following what forecasters described as  "an exceptionally wet and windy month".

    Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge brought prolonged periods of heavy rainfall and stormy weather leading to extensive flooding in places.

    It was a washout month for Co Mayo, with 342.7 mm of rainfall in Newport, while Knock Airport experienced the wettest day with 51.5 mm on February 8.

    As a result of three named storms hitting, it was also an unprecedentedly windy month.

    Of the 23 stations that record wind, 11 recorded their windiest February on record.

    Both the month's highest gust and 10-minute mean wind speed was reported at Mace Head, Co Galway on February 29 during Storm Jorge. The highest gust was 133 km/h while the month's highest 10-minute mean wind speed was 54 knots (100 km/h).

    Road users need to be aware that adverse weather conditions can have a detrimental impact on the state of roads across the region.

    That's according to Tom Gilligan, Director of Services at Mayo Co Co, who was responding to a survey that found 60% of Irish drivers have had their vehicle damaged by potholes.

  • The first cold snap of the season has arrived, with freezing temperatures expected.

    Frost and icy conditions are forecast for Sunday and Monday morning.

    Met Eireann is prediciting sub-zero temperatures, as well as the possibility of sleet and snow on higher ground.

  • Met Eireann is warning that several parts of the country could be hit by flooding today as storm Helene makes its way towards Ireland.

    Up to 40mm of rain is expected to fall.

    A yellow rainfall warning has already been issued for Mayo and Galway which is valid from noon to midnight tonight.

    Between 25 and 40 mm of rain is currently forecast to fall on the counties with a risk of flooding in places.

    Many other counties are expected to be hit by heavy rain tonight - Met Eireann says it's possible that yellow level warnings may be issued for Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin, Meath and Louth.

    Current forecasts show south to southeast winds will reach gale or strong gale force at Sea, but will be fresh to strong over land as the ex tropical storm tracks northeastwards close to the southeast tonight.

    Rain will spread eastwards quickly across the country and will be heavy in many areas for a time with a risk of spot flooding.

  • Motorists are being warned to take extra care on the roads this morning, after sub-zero temperatures returned to the West overnight.

    Temperatures  dropped to minus 3 degrees in places, leading to frost and icy stretches.

    A status yellow low temperature warning from Met Eireann remains in place until 10 o'clock this morning.

    A dry day with sunny spells is forecast, once the frost and any mist and fog clear this morning.

  • The clean-up is continuing today after the impact of Storm Elsa on Galway city and county, which caused severe flooding, while some roads were blocked by fallen trees and debris.

    The Mayor of Galway is questioning why Met Eireann was so late in issuing a status orange wind warning last night - he says if the storm was flagged earlier in the day, the city council would have put its emergency plan in place.

    Independent Councillor Mike Cubbard told Midwest News that the council responded once the orange warning was issued, but by then the storm was in full force.

  • The country is set to experience warm weather this week with Met Eireann predicting temperatures to soar to 31C by the end of the week.

    Temperatures are set to increase as the week goes on and peak on Thursday and Friday.

    Met Éireann says Ireland can expect record breaking temperatures for the week ahead.

    The hottest spell so far this year is expected between Wednesday and Friday, with temperatures in the mid to high 20s.

    We could see it hit up to 31 degrees in places.

    The hottest conditions will be experienced over the midlands, while coastal areas will experience a sea breeze.

    The forecaster is predicting that Ireland can expect a heat wave over the week.

    The definition of a heat wave is five consecutive days where temperatures are 25C or higher across the country.

    Met Éireann has also said that nights will be warm too, with minimum temperatures expected to be in the low to mid-teens.

  • Rain levels in the West of Ireland last month were almost four times higher than average, and Met Eireann has linked the rainfall levels and above-temperatures in August to global warming.

    Statistics contained in Met Eireann's August weather report were described as "what you would expect in a waming climate".

    The report shows August's highest monthly rainfall total of over 297mm was at Athenry, Co Galway - which was 276% above average.

    The highest daily rainfall total last month was at Newport, Co Mayo on the 30th August when 48.7mm of rain fell - which was its wettest August day since 1998.

    Average temperatures for the month of August were lowest at Knock Airport at 14.1 degrees, while the month's lowest temperature nationally was recorded in Claremorris on 13th August at just 4.6 degrees.

    The highest temperature last month was 25.4 degrees recorded at Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon on 2nd August.

    The report from Met Eireann also said there were a "notable number" of lightening strikes detected on 6 days last month.

  • The highest temperature in the country today was recorded in Co. Roscommon.

    Mount Dillon recorded highs of 17 degrees at around 3 o'clock this afternoon.

    Met Eireann says tomorrow is set to be another dry and mild day.

    Weather conditions will become more unsettled towards the weekend.