Met Éireann have issued a Yellow Wind Warning for Wicklow, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford. Strong and gusty winds expected, with mean speeds between 50 and 65 km/h. These winds will gust 95 to 110 km/h at times. Winds south to southwest in direction at first, will soon veer southwest to westerly and are likely to be strongest in coastal counties of Connacht and also in Donegal. This warning is valid until 2pm (31st).
Tomorrow Friday 1st of January 2016
After a frosty start to New Year’s Day, cloud will soon increase and southeasterly winds will strengthen everywhere bringing rain and drizzle to coastal counties of the south and east during the morning. More persistent rain will develop in Munster before noon and will spread to the rest of the country in the afternoon and evening. The rain will be heaviest in south Munster and will add to the flood problems there. Feeling cold with afternoon temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, coldest in the north.
David Muirin posted this video on Youtube of Arklow yesterday (Wedneday the 30th of December 2015)
Weather Warnings are presented in three categories:
- STATUS YELLOW – Weather Alert – Be AwareThe concept behind YELLOW level weather alerts is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action. It is implicit that YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.
- STATUS ORANGE – Weather Warning – Be PreparedThis category of ORANGE level weather warnings is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas. The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.
- STATUS RED – Severe Weather Warning – Take ActionThe issue of RED level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.
What weather conditions are warned for?
Hazards deriving from the following weather-related types are covered by Met Éireann’s weather warnings system:
- Low Temperatures
- High Temperatures
- Coastal Wind Warnings