Met Éireann has issued a ‘Fierce Windy’ weather warning for the whole country for tonight 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.
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 Windy’ gets a bit windier we call it ‘Fierce Windy’.”
As Hurricane Irma batters the south coast of the United States, Ireland is experiencing our own windy conditions – especially in the west with people there claiming it’s just like living in Florida.
“We’ve been going through all sorts of mad weather lately.” said 45-year-old Galway butcher Derek Connolly. “Just last week the wind reached speeds of 20 mph and then suddenly without warning it shot up to 21. Absolute carnage!”
Meanwhile Conor 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 instructions and to put their 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’.”