Met Eireann

  • 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.


    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.


    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.


  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Storm Deirdre will bring an orange wind warning for the country from 3 o'clock this afternoon.

    A Status Yellow wind warning is already in place for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Donegal, Cork and Waterford while a Status Yellow rainfall warning is also in effect until midnight tonight.

    Severe gusts could reach 130 kilometres per hour by late afternoon, while heavy rain of up to 50 millimetres is expected to fall.

    Mayo County Council has issued a Level 2 alert for wind and rain from 3.00 this afternoon until midnight.

    In a statement to Midwest News this morning a spokesperson for Mayo County Council says they are continuously monitoring weather conditions and road crews and Fire Service personnel will be deployed to respond to emergency situations around the county should they arise.

    Mayo County Council urge the public to be vigilant during the duration of the warning  It is important that people within the affected area of a weather warnings are prepared appropriately for anticipated conditions.

    There is a possibility that weather warnings can be extended or deteriorated conditions last longer than anticipated. Once the weather warning has passed, please remain vigilant and exercise caution as debris and fallen trees may be on any routes.

    Mayo County Council will provide updated information on their social media channels where appropriate.


    Met Éireann has extended its 'Status Orange' weather warnings to 13 counties which include Sligo, Mayo and Galway.

    Winds of up to 130 kilometres per-hour are set to hit m Callum makes landfall at around 10 o'clock tonight.

    The weather forecaster's warning of very strong south east and storm force winds.

    Harm Luijkx is a meteorologist with Met Eireann - and is warning people to avoid coastal areas.


  • There will be no need for winter woollies this Christmas Day, as temperatures are set to hit 12 degrees celsius tomorrow.

    Met Eireann is predicting a mild, mostly dry but cloudy day tomorrow, with no snow in sight.

    According to forecasters, Christmas Day will be dry in most areas, though it will remain mostly cloudy.

    It will be mild for the time of year with afternoon temperatures of 10C to 12C in moderate winds.

    St Stephen's Day is also expected to remain dry, apart from some rain in the north-west.

    Thursday and Friday will continue to be mostly dry with just a "chance of drizzle".


  • Met Eireann has issued a status Yellow Wind warning for counties Mayo, Donegal, Galway, Sligo, Clare and Kerry

    Southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h, gust 90 to 100 km/h later this evening and tonight in Atlantic coastal counties, strongest on the coast.

    The warning will remain in place until 3pm tomorrow Saturday.


  • Met Éireann has issued a status Yellow wind warning for the entire west coast as stormy conditions are expected to hit most of Ireland over the course of this evening and Friday.

    The warning was issued for all of Connaught counties, together with counties Donegal, Kerry, Clare and Limerick.

    The wind warning will be  in place from 10pm tonight until 9am Friday.

    Wind speeds are expected to reach between 55 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h.

    Tonight, the rain will develop in the west and spread across the country.

    Met Eireann says "stormy conditions" are in store for later in the week with hail and thunder also on the cards.

    Temperatures are also due to drop as low as -2 degrees, so motorists are being urged to take care as frost and ice are expected to develop over the next number of days.

    Scattered, blustery showers are in store for Friday with a risk of hail and thunder.

  • Met Eireann are forecasting heavy rain and wind this weekend.

    The yellow weather warning has been issued for the entire country.

    The weather warning comes into effect just after midnight tonight with heavy rain expected to become widespread and strong southeasterly winds will reach gale force at the coasts.

    Tomorrow will be wet with local spot flooding as heavy rain continues through the day.

    Temperatures will range between 10 and 12 degrees.

    Strong southeast winds in the morning will become strong west to northwest winds in the afternoon, with the potential for damaging gusts in the north of the province later.

  • Met Eireann has issued a Status Red Snow-Ice Alert for the five counties of Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow.

    As is the case with a red weather warning, schools in those counties are likely to close today and remain closed until the warning is lifted.

    Forecasters say total snowfall up to mid-day tomorrow could reach 25 cm ,while a status orange warning has been extended to Cork, Waterford and Wexford.

    It follows a very cold night, with snow showers in parts of the east, south and midlands.

    The West of Ireland has escaped most of the snow showers, however, it’s on the way, with snow falling in the past hour or two in areas of Co Roscommon and moving into East Mayo.

    Temperatures overnight dropped to between minus 2 and minus 5 across the West & Northwest, with minus 3 recorded at Knock Airport, and temperatures are not expected to rise above zero today.

    The arrival of Storm Emma tomorrow is set to bring heavy snowfall and gale force winds.


  • The West is continuing to escape the worst of the weather so far, as Met Eireann has issued a status RED snow & ice warning for Munster and Leinster.

    The forecaster says they're predicting 'blizzard-like' conditions with heavy snow and strong winds.

    The red alert is valid from 4pm tomorrow afternoon until mid-day on Friday.

    Overnight snow across the East has severely disrupted travel so far today.

    Up to 80 flights in and out of Dublin airport have been cancelled due to the 'Beast from the East'.

    Cork airport has suspended flights until midday - while Shannon airport is fully operational, as is Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Bus Éireann is warning of major disruption in the east and says all services from Dublin to Athlone and Galway have been cancelled.

    In the capital, Dublin Bus is operating a limited service, while there’s disruption on the Luas.

    Irish Rail says all its services are operating as normal but passengers can expect delays.

    Snow showers occurred this morning across parts of Galway city and county, as well as Co Roscommon and parts of East Mayo, including Ballyhaunis and Claremorris.

    Met Eireann has issued a status yellow snow and ice warning for Connacht for today and up to mid-day tomorrow, but conditions will get worse, with persistent snow expected in the West tomorrow night and into Friday.

    A status orange weather warning is in place for Connacht from 8pm tomorrow evening until 12 noon on Friday.

    Met Eireann is forecasting persistent snow Thursday night and into Friday, which-together with strong easterly winds – may lead to snow drifts.

    Meanwhile - the government has confirmed they will double the fuel allowance for this week.

    Around 330,000 people will benefit from the extra 22.50 this week to heat their homes.



  • Met Éireann will begin a new monthly podcast series, The Met Éireann Podcast,tomorrow (Friday). The series, co-presented by Met Éireann’s Liz Walsh and Noel Fitzpatrick, will cover a range of public interest topics on weather and climate with national and international expert guests. The podcast will be available, free of charge, on Met Éireann’s website ( and wherever people normally get podcasts.

    Noel told Midwest News that it's a fresh, monthly source of information on different aspects of Ireland’s weather and climate.

    The first episode will bring listeners through the fundamentals of climate change and discuss the latest climate projections for Ireland, including how temperature, rainfall, storms and sea levels will all change into the future.

    The first podcast will be published tomorrow morning at 6am.