Met Eireann

  • The West of Ireland looks set to be hit by very wet and windy weather in the coming hours and days as Storm Gareth approaches.

    Met Eireann has issued a status orange wind warning for tomorrow, for counties Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

    The warning is in place from 12 noon tomorrow until 9am Wednesday morning, with damaging gusts of up to 130 km/h. There's also the risk of coastal flooding, due to high seas.

    A status yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of the country tomorrow.

    Met Eireann has also issued a status yellow rainfall warning for Connacht, with heavy rain followed by squally showers leading to a risk of rainfall accumulations of around 25 mm.

    The rainfall warning is valid from 6pm this evening to 6am tomorrow morning.

    Met Eireann is advising of a wet and windy night tonight with outbreaks of heavy rain.

    Tomorrow will bring a mix of scattered showers and sunny spells, with longer spells of rain in the afternoon, and turning increasingly windy tomorrow with strong to gale force winds in the afternoon, and potentially damaging gusts in coastal areas by tomorrow evening.

     

  • Met Eireann has now updated its wind warning for Mayo and Galway for tomorrow to a Status Orange warning, as Storm Erik approaches.

    The weather warning comes into effect from 5am tomorrow morning until lunchtime, with southwest to west winds and severe or damaging gusts of up to 130 km/h.

    The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas, along with very high seas and some coastal flooding can be expected.

    The status orange wind warnings apply to the coastal counties of Mayo, Galway and Donegal, with a status yellow warning for the rest of the country.

    The Road Safety Authority is asking road users to exercise caution tomorrow with very strong winds expected.

    Drivers should beware of falling debris and objects being blown onto the road.

    Control of vehicles can also be affected by strong cross winds - high sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable.

     

     

     

  • Met Eireann has upgraded its wind warning to status orange for counties along the Western seaboard - including Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Galway, Clare and Kerry - ahead of the arrival of Storm Callum.

    The warning is in place for all coastal counties from 10pm tomorrow night until 12 noon on Friday.

    Strong winds coinciding with high spring tides will affect the country.

    Winds will be strongest overnight on Thursday and into Friday morning, with gusts of up to 130 kilometres per hour expected in coastal areas.

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    The West of Ireland can expect a very wet and windy night tonight, with heavy rain and southwest gales.

    Met Eireann has issued a status yellow wind warning from 10pm tonight until 12 noon tomorrow for Connacht with gusts of up to 110 km/h  - strongest near coasts.

    And a status orange wind warning is in place for counties Mayo and Donegal for the early hours of tomorrow morning.

    The warning is for coastal regions and high ground in both counties, with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h.

    There's also a risk of coastal damage on exposed northwest coasts, due to a combination of winds, high spring tides and high storm surge.

    The level orange warning is valid from 1am tomorrow morning until 8am.

     

     

     

     

  • A status red snow and ice warning is in place nationwide - with people being warned to stay indoors from 4PM.

    Last night Met Eireann updated the red alert to include all counties, until tomorrow afternoon.

    Further snow showers are expected this morning, with Storm Emma bringing blizzard like conditions this afternoon

    All schools, colleges and third level institutions will be closed today and tomorrow.

    Gardai say that roads are dangerous in some areas this morning following snowfall and freezing temperatures. 

    In Ballina the Foxford to Ballina Road is again very dangerous and sheltered spots are described as lethal. 

    In the Tuam area, conditions are also described as very poor, while again parts of the Castlerea area are dangerous. 

    There are poor conditions on the N17 between Tubbercurry and Collooney and also around Roscommon Town and on the N61 and N63 roads going into the town. Gardai in Galway are advising extreme caution in Galway city following heavy snowfall overnight. 

    Bus Eireann services will not operate today, while Irish Rail services will wind down today between midday and 2pm, with no services then until at least midday on Friday. As regards flights at Ireland West Airport Knock, the Aer Lingus service to and from London Gatwick has been cancelled for today. At this stage Ryanair expects to operate a full schedule but the situation is fluid and passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling. 

  • Met Eireann has extended its level red weather warning to Galway, where the public are asked to remain indoors until 6 pm this evening.

    The status red warning now applies to Leinster, Munster & Galway, with sub-zero temperatures and significant snow accumulations expected.

    A less severe status orange snow and ice warning is in place for the counties of Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan & Monaghan.

    That warning remains in place until 6 pm this evening as forecasters expect scattered heavy snow showers and icy conditions.

    Storm Emma has brought heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions to parts of the country overnight- mainly in the east & southeast of the country.

    ESB Networks says 23,800 homes and businesses are without power – the majority of these in the East & Northeast of the country.

    Derek Hynes, operations manager with ESB Networks, said crews will have difficulty accessing regional areas to restore power.

    Thousands of homes have also been left without water with burst mains and boil notices in numerous areas - there are major issues in Galway and Wicklow.

    Schools and colleges across the West remain closed today, while public transport is practically at a standstill.

    Ireland West Airport Knock, Shannon and Dublin Airports are closed today, and flights won’t resume until tomorrow.

    No train services are operating today, and Bus Eireann has cancelled its intercity bus services, but say they may run some services in Connacht, depending on road conditions locally.

    Authorities say it could be several hours before the full extent of the damage is known.

  • Met Eireann has issued a status yellow 'snow-ice' warning for Ireland.

    Icy and slippery conditions are expected with scattered sleet and snow showers most frequent across Ulster and Connacht.

    Some of these showers will spread into central and eastern areas at times, with the odd flurry further south.

    Accumulations of 1 to 2 centimetres are expected.

    The weather warning comes into effect for the entire country from 9pm tonight and remains until 7pm tomorrow evening.

  • Met Eireann has issued a status yellow high temperature warning for 14 counties, as temperatures are expected to reach 27 or 28 degrees later today.

    The warning applies to counties Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim, as well as Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.

    The met office is advising of high temperatures between 2 and 7 pm today.

     

    The Sligo Stages Rally, due to be held this Sunday, has been cancelled due to the ongoing hot weather.

    The Connacht Motor Club has issued a statement, saying that due to the current exceptional weather conditions, the difficult decision has been made not to run the Sligo Stages Rally next Sunday.

    The committee is currently exploring options, including a potential window of opportunity for Sunday week 15th July, and will issue a further statement this evening.

    Melting bitumen is now causing significant problems for motorists in many parts of the West of Ireland as the heatwave continues.

    Mayo County Council outdoor staff have been dropping grit and sand on roads that are melting in the heat, to improve the grip.

    Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says this is an unfortunate side effect of the good weather, and motorists should slow down where the bitumen is melting, while cyclists and motorcyclists also need to take extra care...

  • Met Éireann has extended a Status Yellow warning for rainfall to all counties this morning.

    Thundery downpours could lead to accumulations of between 25 and 40mm, with the risk of localised flooding.

    The alert remains in place until 3 o'clock tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

  • A status yellow rain warning has been issued for counties in the South and West of the country for this evening.

    This follows a status yellow wind warning that is already in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry.

    Met Éireann says these conditions will remain in place until tomorrow.

    Forecaster John Eagleton, says strong gusts and high seas are expected.

  • Heavy rainfall and spot flooding is on the way for some parts of the country today.

    Met Eireann has issued a status yellow rain warning that comes into effect from noon today until 9 o'clock tonight.

    It predicts heavy thundery downpours which will lead to high intensity rainfall with some localised spot flooding possible.

    The western half of the country and the Midlands, are said to be most at risk.

     

  • A status yellow rain warning remains in place for 7 counties until nine o'clock this morning.

    The counties affected include Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.

    There will be showers across the country today, but some dry spells in the afternoon.

     

  • With Storm Helene passing over Ireland in the coming days, AA Ireland is warning motorists to exercise additional caution.

    Met Eireann has extended a status yellow rainfall warning to five counties - Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal - until 5am tomorrow morning.

    With a large volume of rainfall expected in a short space of time, AA Ireland is urging  motorists in these areas to slow down, and leave extra distance between themselves and other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.

    Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn told Midwest News that heavy downpours can be expected this afternoon and evening, with up to 40 mm of rainfall by morning.

  • A status yellow rainfall warning has come in to effect for five counties in the West & Northwest.

    Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal will be hit with persistent and occasionally heavy rain for the rest of today and all day tomorrow.

    Met Eireann says the highest rainfall will be in coastal areas and on hills and mountains, with a risk of localised flooding in places.

    The status yellow warning remains in place until midnight tomorrow night (Thursday).

     

     

     

  • The status yellow rainfall warning has been extended until tomorrow afternoon in counties Mayo, Galway and Donegal.

    Met Eireann says spells of persistent rain will continue this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow, with rainfall amounts of 25-35 mm in parts- mainly on high ground.

    The rainfall warning has been extended until 3pm tomorrow afternoon.

    The weather will stay unsettled over the weekend, according to forecasters, with further outbreaks of rain on Saturday and Sunday, and turning gradually cooler.

     

     

  • A status yellow rainfall warning is in place for Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry.

    Met Eireann says heavy rain is expected during this afternoon and evening.

    It's forecasting up 30 millimetres to fall over a short period of time.

    The warning is in place until 9 o'clock this evening.

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    A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for more than half the country with heavy rain forecast to fall from tonight.

    The warning for all of Connacht, and counties Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary is valid from 9pm tonight until noon tomorrow.

    Heavy rain will develop overnight leading to accumulations of 25-35 mm in places.

    Met Eireann says the rain may turn to snow for a time.

     

     

  • A status yellow rainfall warning remains in place today for five counties in the West & Northwest.

    Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal can expect persistent and occasionally heavy rain for the rest of today and into tonight (Thursday).

    Met Eireann says the highest rainfall will be in coastal areas and on hills and mountains, with a risk of localised flooding in places.

    The status yellow warning remains in place until midnight tonight.

  • A nationwide status yellow snow- ice warning has been extended until Sunday.

    Met Eireann now says the weather will continue to be very cold until Sunday with severe frost at night and ice on untreated surfaces. 

    Treacherous weather conditions are expected in parts of the country over the next few hours, with temperatures falling to as low as minus six degrees tonight in places, and minus 4 across Connacht.

     

    Among the lowest temperatures recorded at 6am this morning were minus 4 degrees at Mount Dillon in Roscommon and minus 2.7 in Gurteen.

    Heavy snow showers today have caused some difficulties for motorists, while the snow  caused some delays and diversions at Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Met Eireann says today will see the heaviest snowfall, while drier weather is on the way for tomorrow and Saturday, but remaining very cold with severe frost at night.

    Motorists are urged to be vigilant and adjust their driving to the conditions on the road.

  • A status yellow snow-ice warning has been issued for 10 counties.

    The warning will affect all of Connacht and counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford and Louth.

    It will come into effect from just after midnight and last until noon on Wednesday.

    Met Eireann says there will be icy patches, while hail and sleet will fall mainly on higher ground.