Met Éireann to revamp their weather warning system

Met Éireann have received mixed feedback on their colour-coded weather warnings in the past, but the forecaster have decided to revamp their current system with more emphasis on detail.

Higher wind speeds, rising temperatures, and site specific warnings will all be taken into account in the new warning system set to be rolled out by Met Éireann in the near future.

The revised warning system will see wind speeds increased by around 5 kilometre per hour before a warning will be issued, and low temperature warnings will be issued when temperatures fall to -2 (as opposed to -3).

While new guidelines relating to rainfall are being discussed, they will not be a part of this coming wave of changes to the system.

However, the most dramatic change to the warning system will be the inclusion of more specific warnings such as damage to buildings, loss of electricity, and potential damages to crops.

As an example, for winds above 80kph, Met Éireann will warn users of the potential for damages to buildings, falling trees, and even loss of life.

A spokesperson for Met Éireann has stated that the new warning system is reflective of the weather we experience in the context of a changing climate.

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