National Weather Warnings
In adverse weather conditions Weather Warnings may be issued by Met Éireann. The core rationale for issuing Weather Warnings is to protect the lives and livelihoods of all of the nation’s citizens, and to mitigate damage to property and disturbance to economic activity at times of severe weather.
Weather Warnings are presented in three categories:
A. STATUS YELLOW – Weather Alert – Be Aware. The concept behind YELLOW level weather alerts is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action. It is implicit that YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.
B. STATUS ORANGE – Weather Warning – Be Prepared. This category of ORANGE level weather warnings is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas. The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.
C. STATUS RED – Severe Weather Warning – Take Action. The issue of RED level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.
Hazards deriving from the following weather-related types are covered by Met Éireann’s weather warnings system:
4. Low Temperatures
6. High Temperatures
8. Coastal Wind Warnings
In the event of STATUS ORANGE – Weather Warnings and STATUS RED – Severe Weather Warnings in relation to Wind, Rain, Snow, Low Temperatures, Fog, Thunderstorms and Coastal Winds for the Counties of Galway and Mayo, all National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) properties in the Western Region will be closed for the duration of such warnings. Sites to be closed include:
Connemara National Park
Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park
Derryclare Nature Reserve
Old Head Nature Reserve
Knockma Wood, near Tuam, Co. Galway
Laughil Wood, near Pontoon, Co. Mayo
Please note for STATUS YELLOW – Weather Alerts, in relation to Wind, Rain, Snow Low Temperatures, Fog, Thunderstorms and Coastal Winds for the Counties of Galway and Mayo, all National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) properties in the Western Region will remain open for the duration of the weather warnings, except where otherwise notified. However, the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) asks that any visitors and recreational users visiting our properties during these weather warnings, be aware of additional risks and hazards associated with the specific type of weather warning at our properties. Please be aware that there may be additional risk of falling/fallen trees, flying debris, trips/falls, being blown off exposed tracks and pathway, slips, hypothermia, flooding, etc.. Visitors and recreational users visiting our properties during these weather warnings should take the necessary preventative action, including avoidance, to minimise the risk of injury.
Additional information regarding Weather Warnings is available from Met Éireann (see https://www.met.ie/weather-warnings).