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09th Oct 2018

Met Éireann Has Officially Issued An Advisory For This Weekend As ‘Weather Bomb’ Heads Our Way

James Fenton

After much talk in recent days ofgrim weather heading our way, Met Éireann has now issued a warning for Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

A status yellow advisory has been declared for the whole of Ireland which will be valid from Thursday at 11pm until Saturday at 9pm. Met Eireann has clarified though that this is an ‘advisory’ rather than a ‘warning’.

The forecast reads:

‘A spell of wet and very windy, possibly stormy, weather is expected on Thursday night/ Friday morning as a deep depression tracks Northwards to the West of Ireland.
There is the risk of coastal flooding due to high tides and surge.

‘Later Friday and continuing into Saturday there is the potential for some high totals of rainfall and flooding due to another area of low pressure and series of weather fronts, with the East and South particularly at risk.’

Carlow Weather, meanwhile, has warned that a ‘weather bomb’ or a ‘low pressure system’ is heading our way. The Met Office in the UK describes a weather bomb as ‘Rapid acceleration of air caused by the jet stream high up in the atmosphere can remove air from the column, reducing its weight so causing pressure to fall at sea level.’

The definition adds that ‘This in turn sucks in air which converges from surrounding regions resulting in faster and faster rotation of the circulation, in the same way that ice skaters spin faster by drawing their arms in. The resulting winds peak over a period of a few hours and can be strong enough to bring down trees and cause structural damage.’

Sounds like we’re in for a bumpy ride this weekend. We’re sure there will be extra updates throughout the week and we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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(header image: Carlow Weather)