Met Éireann has issued a ‘Fierce Windy’ weather warning for the whole country for the next couple of days with some counties also expected to be pounded by light drizzle. The initial warning was ‘Fairly Windy’ but this was upgraded to ‘Fierce Windy’ as conditions deteriorated overnight.
Adam Molloy of Met Éireann gave us the meteorological explanation and the scientific meanings behind the various levels of Irish weather warnings. “Basically when ‘Fairly Windy’ gets a bit windier we call it ‘Fierce Windy’.”
As devastating Hurricanes and Typhoons batter other parts of the world, we here in Ireland are experiencing our own windy conditions – especially in the west with people there claiming it’s just like living in South Carolina.
“We’ve been going through all sorts of mad weather lately.” said 45-year-old Galway butcher Derek Connolly. “Yesterday the wind reached speeds of 20 mph and then suddenly without warning it shot up to 21. Absolute carnage!”
Meanwhile Adam at Met Éireann says people should take all necessary precautions and be sensible during the incoming Fierce Windy spell. “I would urge people to listen carefully to official warnings that will be broadcast nationally on TV and radio. Also make sure to put your washing out because Fierce Windy weather is ideal clothes drying weather.”
So what’s the forecast for the rest of the week and should we expect the Fierce Windy 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 Windy’ to ‘Fierce Windy Altogether’.”