Met Eireann

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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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

     

  • 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 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 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....

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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.

     

     

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Met Eireann has issued another status yellow snow &ice warning for the entire country.

    Scattered snow showers can be expected tonight and tomorrow morning, with small accumulations possible.

    Showers will be most frequent in the west and north of the country.

    Met Eireann is warning of slippy roads and footpaths due to accumulation of ice on untreated surfaces.

    The warning is in place from 9pm tonight until 12 noon tomorrow.