Having previously issuing a “Fierce Windy” weather warning last month, Met Éireann has today issued a “Fierce Cold” weather warning for the whole country with some counties also expected to bombarded with light drizzle. The initial warning was ‘Fairly Cold’ but this was upgraded to ‘Fierce Cold’ as conditions deteriorated overnight.
Conor Molloy of Met Éireann gave us the meteorological explanation and the scientific meanings behind the various levels of Irish weather warnings. “Basically when ‘Fairly Cold’ gets a bit colder we call it ‘Fierce Cold’.”
As parts of the United States continue to get battered by snow storms, Ireland is experiencing our own wintery conditions – especially in the west with people there claiming it’s just like living in Alaska.
“We’ve been going through all sorts of mad weather lately.” said 45-year-old Galway butcher Derek Connolly. “Just yesterday the temperature dropped to 3 degrees and then suddenly without warning it plummeted to 2 degrees. Absolute carnage!”
Meanwhile Conor Molloy of Met Éireann says people should take all necessary precautions and not take any risks during the incoming Fierce Cold spell. “I would urge people to listen carefully to official instructions and remember, if you’re having a few beers tonight do the sensible thing and leave them outside on the window sill for an hour or two first because Fierce Cold weather is ideal beer chilling weather.”
So what’s the forecast for the rest of the week and should we expect the Fierce Cold conditions to get better or worse?
“The last thing we want to do is cause panic but if things continue as we expect them to we’ll have no choice but to upgrade our weather warning from ‘Fierce Cold’ to ‘Fierce Cold Altogether’.”