Storm Ciara named by Met Office

Cheryl Sanders
February 5, 2020

The warning advises of "very strong winds" and "gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour across many inland areas, with gusts 70, possibly 80 miles per hour around some exposed coasts and hills".

Met Éireann's official weather forecasting partner in the United Kingdom named Storm Ciara has issued a nationwide weather warning for the storm which is also due to hit Ireland because of the highly predictable jet stream powerful flow that is driving unsettled weather across the Atlantic.

Storm Ciara is the third named storm of the 2019/20 winter season, and follows Storm Atiyah, which hit on December 8-9, and Storm Brendan, which brought wind and rain to the country on January 13 and 14.

By Friday evening conditions will start to become more unsettled with spells of rain and a developing breeze.

The Met Office forecast it "likely" that the hottest year on record, 2016, will be beaten in that time frame.

"Gusts in the 55-65 miles per hour range remain possible up to the point when the stronger swathe finally clears the southeast of Scotland on Tuesday morning".

"Although still a long way off in forecast terms, there are signals the unsettled weather arriving this weekend could also continue into next week".

Dr Doug Smith, a Met Office fellow and expert on decadal prediction, said: "The latest five-year forecast suggests continued warming, consistent with sustained high levels of greenhouse gases".

'Stormy conditions are possible at the start and end of the week, and again in the following week, with no sign of widespread snow'.

He said: 'February is more famous for snow than storms - but computer models show an Atlantic barrage is on the way this month.

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