Weather

  • 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.

  • Gardai are warning of dangerous driving conditions this morning due to snow and ice in many parts of the region.

    Gardai say conditions in the Ballina, Claremorris and Castlerea areas are especially slippery, while side roads in those areas are very dangerous.

    There has been a fresh fall of snow in Castlebar this morning too.

    There is frost in places around Bangor this morning also.

    Gardai are dealing with a collision on the Tuam Rd southbound between Milltown and Tuam at Castletown. Take care along this route; conditions are slippery due to snow.

    There are also icy conditions around Roscommon Town.

  • The West of Ireland is experiencing continental temperatures today, as a heatwave sweeps across Europe.

    A status yellow high temperature warning remains in place until 7 pm this evening for 6 counties - including Mayo and Galway.

    Figures from Met Eireann this evening indicate the Shannon enjoyed the highest temperature nationally today at 28 degrees.

    In this region, Newport in Mayo and Markree Castle in Sligo recorded 25 degrees, with 24 degrees in Claremorris and Athenry and 23 degrees in Knock.

    Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke told Midwest News that the warm temperatures will continue tomorrow and into the weekend.....

  • 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 nationwide warning for thunder.

    The Status Orange alert applies to Connacht, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

    People in those areas are being told to expect widespread thunderstorms between now and eleven tonight.

    Forecasters also say large amounts of rain could also fall, leading to spot flooding.

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

     

     

     

  • Motorists across the West are advised to travel with extra caution this morning, with snow and ice reported on many roads.

    In Mayo, Gardai in Ballina and Claremorris are advising of slippy roads, due to snow and black ice, while snow is lying on roads in many other parts of the county.

    Gardai across Roscommon, Sligo and Galway are also advising of heavy snow in parts, and icy roads also.

    A status yellow snow-ice warning remains in place until Saturday.

     

     

  • Snow and ice are making driving conditions difficult across the region this morning.

    Snow is reported on many routes – motorists report hazardous conditions between Foxford and Castlebar this morning, also on routes around Claremorris, Castlebar, Westport Castlerea, Frenchpark Ballaghaderreen,Tulsk, and Sligo Town areas.

    Also plenty of snowfall around Roscommon Town this morning and the N60 road between Castlerea and Roscommon is said to be dangerous. Black ice is reported on roads around Crossmolina and Ballina and on roads around Ballymote.

    A truck has jack-knifed between Tulsk and Ballinagare blocking both directions.

    There are also a number of lorries stuck on the hill in Castleplunkett.

    The Kiltimagh/Balla Rd (R342) is closed to facilitate the removal of an overturned vehicle at Ballinamore. Use alternative routes.

    There was also a collision close to Healy’s in the Pontoon area.

    In Galway following an earlier hail shower, conditions are very slippery on the M6 between J14 Ballinasloe East and J18 Rathmorrissey. Gardai are dealing with a crash westbound in the hard shoulder at J17 Athenry. There is also a crash on the N65 between Loughrea and the motorway.

  • 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 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.