Met Eireann issue serious weather warnings as 'Saharan dust phenomenon' forecast

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Met Eireann has confirmed two urgent warnings with serious alerts as a ‘strange storm phenomenon’ has been forecast all over Europe.

A status yellow, wind warning has been issued for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Munster, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo from 9pm Monday until 6am on Tuesday.

They warn: “Southerly winds will reach mean wind speeds of 50 to 65km/h, with gusts of 90 to 110km/h, possibly higher on exposed coasts. Where winds are onshore there is a risk of coastal flooding.”

As well as this, a second status yellow, rainfall warning has been issued for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Munster, Connacht for the whole of Tuesday.

This means: “Heavy rain on Monday night and Tuesday coupled with strong southerly winds. Some river and localised surface flooding possible. Rainfall totals of 30 to 50mm, higher in mountainous regions.”

In Dublin today, it will be largely dry and bright with long spells of sunshine as temperatures of 12C brings warm weather.

It will become very wet and windy tonight as persistent and at times heavy rain spreads across the country. Temperatures will only drop to 8C becoming milder as rain spreads.

The warnings come as a strange storm phenomenon from Europe is set to affect Ireland’s weather forecast over the coming days.

A substantial amount of Sahara Desert Dust is forecast to spread across Europe over Sunday and Monday meaning large particles will sprinkle over the country in the next few days.

As well as this, a warm wave with spring-like weather will develop over Europe for the remainder of February thanks to the pattern change.

Weather experts, ‘Weather Europe’, have said that the turn of flow brings air mass directly from the Sahara Desert with dust particles “expected to spread towards western Europe and continue up to Scandinavia” while also “affecting air quality across Europe”.

They also add that “such a pattern means a different weather picture across Europe”.

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They said: “Warmer relief is coming with a very warm period expected to last through the rest of February”.

Source: Dublin News