Met Eireann weather forecast as major storm ‘like Ciaran tracks’ in Ireland
Thursday could see heavy rain, possibly lasting for a few days, as another severe weather system approaches Ireland.
As people begin to recover and rebuild after Storm Debbie, it appears that another storm, thankfully one that may be much weaker, may arrive soon.
Carlow Weather said online that it thought today would be a “beautiful day” but then “unsettled for a few days with spells of wind and rain from Thursday to Sunday”.
“Weather models show high pressure building up near Ireland early next week, which could bring the weather to a halt for a few days but it is uncertain how long yet.”
Another meteorologist, Nick Finnis, predicted:
“Fortunately, it doesn’t look anywhere near as deep as Storm Ciaran, but it’s low on Thursday and taking a track that’s not much different. EC and GFS southward with a low over the English Channel/northern coast of France. UKMO, AROME (and Arpege not shown) over southern England It’s “The rain is more of a problem than the wind.”
Storm Ciaran was a record storm that was powered by a very intense jet stream that allowed the storm to grow in strength from northeastern America into western Europe.
Conditions inside the storm, which struck earlier this month, were something you often see inside a Category 3 hurricane, a meteorologist said.
If conditions on Thursday are deemed serious enough for meteorologists to declare that a storm has hit Ireland, it will be named with the previously chosen heading of Storm Eileen.
Met Eireann said this morning will be mostly dry with good sunny spells and a few showers, especially in the north. Clouds will thicken from the southwest in the afternoon and rain will fall later in the evening.
Maximum temperatures range from 9 to 12 degrees, and winds are moderate to active westerly in the morning, calming down during the afternoon and returning to the south.
Tonight will see heavy rain that will continue to spread eastward overnight and become heavier at times, according to the forecast.
The weather is colder at night in the northern half of the country, where temperatures range from 2 to 5 degrees. The weather is slightly milder in the south, with minimum temperatures ranging from 4 to 7 degrees.
The meteorological agency seems to agree that Thursday will see more rain than usual, predicting a “generally wet and cloudy start with heavy rain in some places.”
Sunny and rainy spells are expected to continue later today, with rain falling to the east during the morning and afternoon.
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