Met Eireann

  • 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.

  • A status yellow fog warning is in place across the country until eleven o'clock this morning.

    Met Eireann is warning of dense patches in certain areas.

    Heavy fog is making driving conditions difficult in particular in the East Mayo area this morning.

    Motorists are advised to drive with extra care, using fog lights when necessary.

  • 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...

  • A status yellow low temperature and ice warning will be in place from 6 o'clock in Leinster and Connacht.

     

    Met Eireann is forecasting temperatures to dip as low as minus four in places.

     

    The alert will run until 11am tomorrow morning.

     

    Liz Gavin is a forecaster with Met Eireann - she says there is also a change of ground frost:

  • Gardai are reporting very wet roads across the West this morning, and are advising motorists to slow down and keep well back from other road users.

    A status yellow rainfall warning is now in place for the Connacht counties, with heavy and persistent rain through until tomorrow morning, leading to some flooding and disruption.

    Met Eireann is warning of up to 60 mm of rain in the region - possibly higher in mountainous regions.

    The warning is in place until 6am tomorrow morning.

    And winds are also set to strengthen, with a status yellow wind warning issued for Mayo and Galway from 10 am this morning until later this afternoon.

    Met Eireann is ewarning of strong southwest winds today, gusting up to 100 km/h - strongest in western parts of Mayo and Galway.

    Motorists are warned that wind-blown debris is likely on roads and are urged to take extra care on all routes, and be mindful of other road users - particularly cyclists and pedestrians.

     

     

  • Weather forecasters are warning of more flooding in parts of the region over the next 24 hours.

    A yellow rainfall warning is in place until tomorrow morning for all of Connacht, along with Longford, Donegal, Clare and Kerry.

    Met Eireann says heavy rainfall tonight and tonight could bring 25 to 40mm, and localised flooding is likely.

    It follows two storms over the past ten days, which also brought torrential rain, and lots of land is still saturated.

  • 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 has been issued for five counties along the west and southern coasts.

     The alert will be in place from 6pm this evening until 6pm tomorrow evening for Mayo, Galway, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

    Met Eireann says up to 50 millimetres of rain is possible with flooding in places.

    Motorists are being advised of reduced visibility and hazardous driving conditions in some areas.

     

     

     

  • A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Galway,Mayo, Sligo and Donegal for tomorrow and Saturday.

    Met Eireann is warning of heavy rain, with accumulations of 40-50 mm with localised flooding, and the warning is valid from 3pm Friday until 3pm Saturday.

    At the coast, high seas and strong to gale force southerly winds will combine to give a risk of coastal flooding.

     

     

  • 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.

  • There's more rain on the way, with a status yellow rainfall warning issued for Connacht for tomorrow.

    Met Eireann has issued the warning for Connacht, Longford, Donegal, Clare and Kerry and is forecasting heavy rainfall through Wednesday and into tomorrow night, with 25 to 40mm expected.

    Localised flooding is likely, as ground is saturated at the moment and river levels are already elevated following recent heavy rainfall.

    The rainfall warning takes effect from 4am tomorrow morning until 4am Thursday morning.

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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.