Met Eireann

  • 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 Eireann has issued a weather advisory notice for Ireland, and says Storm Dennis will bring some very wet and very windy weather over the weekend, and into Monday.

    Some flooding is likely and damaging gusty winds.

    Weather warnings will be issued by Met Eireann tomorrow.

  • 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 (www.met.ie/podcast) 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.

  • Those dreaming of a white Christmas will have to wait another 12 months at least, according to Met Eireann.

    The forecaster's predicting a mix of mild, wet and windy weather over the next few days.

    However there are no signs a major weather event is on the horizon.

  • Our summer of 2019 looks set to end as it began – with rain showers defying the best efforts of the sunshine to break through.

    Met Eireann warned that the country faces yet another week of mixed conditions with intermittent spells of sunshine, but rain showers almost always on the horizon.

    Accuweather predicted that nine of the final 16 days of August will feature rain showers – with only four days of bright, uninterrupted sunshine expected.

    Met Eireann has confined its forecast for the next week – but it mirrors the norm of recent times with a mix of sunshine and showers, some of which will be quite heavy.

    Today, tomorrow and Monday will see spells of sunshine but also some heavy showers.

    Temperatures will drop to around 18 degrees Celsius some five degrees cooler than just two weeks ago.

  • Ireland could be faced with a cold and wintry January.

    Met Eireann says that the current mild conditions brought on by a sudden stratospheric warming has the potential to be followed by much colder conditions.

    Meteorologist, Liz Walsh, says it's too early to predict conditions similar to the Beast from the East earlier this year, but current temperatures will likely change next month.

  • Temperatures are set to rise over the coming days.

    Met Eireann's predicting warmer and more humid weather into next week.

    However, there is a risk of thundery downpours.

    Met Eireann says we'll have a mixed weekend in store ahead of the warmer conditions.

  • Motorists are being warned to take extra caution today, following heavy snowfall across the West.

    Temperatures dropped to minus four degrees in places overnight, and are expected to drop to between minus 1 and minus 4 tonight in Connacht.

    Heavy snow showers this morning are causing some difficulties for motorist, with reports coming in of a number of vehicles going off the road in locations across Co Mayo.

    While most main roads and motorways have been gritted, extra care is advised on secondary and local roads.

    The heavy snow is causing some disruption at Ireland West Airport Knock.

    While this morning's flight from Stansted landed, there was a delay in the Manchester flight arriving, and the Ryanair flight from Luton to Knock was diverted to Shannon.

    Passengers should check with their airline for updates.

    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.

  • Met Eireann is predicting that the good weather will continue for the weekend.

    The West of Ireland is currently enjoying dry, sunny weather and temperatures over 20 degrees.

    While the warm temperatures will continue for the coming days, there may be a chance of some showers.

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    Met Eireann says warm, sunny weather is on the way, with temperatures of over 20 degrees celsius for the weekend and even warmer next week.

    Weather conditions are set to improve from tomorrow,  with sunshine and warm temperatures on the way.

     

    Forecaster Joanne Donnelly told Midwest News that, after a wet miserable day in the West yesterday, there are better conditions on the way....

  • Met Eireann has updated its status yellow snow-ice warning, and is forecasting very cold temperatures this week, with showers of hail, sleet and snow frequent across the west and north of the country, where some significant accumulations are possible this evening and overnight.

    Widespread frost with icy stretches on untreated surfaces can be expected and there's the potential for further significant snowfall in place on Thursday.

    The snow-ice warning remains in place until Saturday, and will be updated again tomorrow.

     

     

     

     

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    Most of Connaught is today under an orange weather alert for snow and ice.

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

    However, the blizzard conditions have passed, and the public safety advice to stay indoors has now been withdrawn.

    Nonetheless, large volumes of snow is falling on the erris pennisula this afternoon and roads in the area are described as very dangerous.

    About 200 homes and businesses in the Bangor Erris area are without electricity this afternoon and the ESB says restoration time is not known.

     Gardai across Co Mayo say all main roads are passable, but caution is needed on secondary and rural roads.

     The Road Safety Officer for Mayo, Noel Gibbons told Midwest News today that with an orange alert in place motorists need to take due caution.

    However, road conditions are a considerably  worse in parts of counties Roscommon and Galway.

    Schools and colleges across the West remain closed today, while public transport is  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.

    Businesses have also been severely impacted by the snow in recent days, as well as the arrival of Storm Emma. A number of business premises across the West closed early yesterday and are remaining closed today.

     

     

     

     

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    Met Eireann has upgraded its wind warning to a status orange for 13 counties tomorrow - including Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Kerry, Dublin, Kildare, Louth and Meath.

     Storm Ali will track closed to the west and northwest coast from the early hours of tomorrow morning until late afternoon, with south to southwest winds veering westerly and gusts of 110-120 km/hour for a time in some areas.

    Winds will be strongest along Atlantic coasts and first, and will extend further east later in the morning.

    The status orange wind warning is in place from 5am tomorrow morning until 1pm.

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

     

     

     

  • A colder spell is on the way - Met Éireann has warned that Ireland will bid farewell to the spell of recent warm sunshine as April opens with a dip in temperatures and some heavy wintry showers - and even a risk of snow flurries across higher ground.

    The dramatic dip in temperatures is due to a polar air mass moving over Ireland from the icy north, which will see the weather here turning very cold, and many areas will see some frost, while some areas of higher ground may even see some light snow flurries.

    The icy air mass will also see Ireland record a dramatic 9 degree drop in daytime temperatures in the space of just over a week from 17C down to a chilly 8C.

    The medium range forecast is for a mix of sunshine, cloudy conditions and heavy showers in the build-up to Easter.

     

     

     

     

  • Met Eireann has issued a weather advisory, warning that a spell of wet and windy weather, with thundery downpours, will sweep eastwards over the country this evening and tonight. Gusts between 90 and 110km/h will occur in Atlantic coastal fringes for a time.

    Some accumulations of snow are possible also.

    The warning is in place from 6pm this evening until 6am tomorrow morning.

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    Most of the country is now under a status yellow wind warning.

    Counties along the West, East, North and South can expect gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour.

    A status orange rainfall warning remains in place for Cork and Waterford until 6pm tomorrow.

     

     

     

  • The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group is meeting this afternoon as Hurricane Lorenzo approaches.

    There's an increasing possibility that the storm will pass close to or over Ireland during Thursday and Thursday night.

    The  ESB, Gardaí, public transport operators and local authorities have been told to be ready to activate their crisis management plans.

    Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has convened today's meeting, as the large and powerful storm moves up through the central Atlantic.

    However, it'll weaken to a tropical storm by the time it reaches Ireland, and Met Eireann says it's on standby to issue a status orange weather warning for certain areas.

  • Met Eireann has issued a national status Yellow Drought warning as the warm dry weather looks set to continue.

    Householders across the country are being advised to keep sun creams and cool drinks at the ready as the country can expect another week of hot weather.

    However, Met Éireann stressed that the coming days won’t see a return to the near-record temperatures of last week – when Ireland experienced 32C.

    The coming week will see temperatures of between 22C and 27C with the best of the weather in the east, south-east and midlands. The south and west are likely to see some cloudier conditions with the odd shower.

    But Met Éireann has warned that little or no significant rainfall is predicted for Ireland over the next five days, with a Status Yellow drought warning now in place.

    The drought warning will remain in place until July 6 – though farmers and livestock owners are worried it could be extended still further.

    Today, temperatures are expected to rise to almost 27C in parts of the country though some areas may prove cooler due to haze and cloud.Coastal areas will again be several degrees cooler due to sea breezes.

    The Department of Agriculture and Coillte again warned that a Status Red forest fire alert remains in place.

  • Met Eireann has issued a status orange wind warning for counties Mayo, Galway,Sligo and Donegal this evening and overnight tonight.

    South to southwest winds, associated with Storm Hector, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/hr with gusts of 110 to 125 km/hr possible.

    The winds will be strongest in coastal areas, but not confined to these areas.

    The official wind warning starts at 9pm this evening and stays in place till 10am tomorrow morning.

    Meteorologist with Met Eireann Liz Walsh told Midwest News today that the storm force winds look set to coincide with high tide and so coastal flooding is also possible.

  • A yellow wind alert is now in place across the country this morning, with a more severe Orange wind warning coming into effect in Mayo and Donegal from 12 noon until 4pm this afternoon, and in Galway from 1-6pm.

    Met Eireann is advising of gusts of up to 120 km/h in these three counties, in advance of the arrival of Storm Ciara tomorrow.

    A status yellow rainfall warning also comes into effect from 12-3pm this afternoon, with a spell of heavy rain expected, highest in the west and northwest.

    Due to the weather warnings, the Flood Action Plan has been activated for Crossmolina due to potential heavy rainfall and high water levels in the River Deel.

    Also, the R313 Belmullet to Blacksod road was closed for a number of hours early this morning, and will be closed again from 3am-10am tomorrow morning with local diversions in place, due to anticipated tidal flooding.

    Mayo County Council says a  number of further road closures are possible in the West Mayo area, due to the expected arrival of Storm Ciara tonight, allied with high tide and storm surge on the Mayo coast expected at 6am on Sunday morning.