The Aqua Dome will be closed from 2pm Thursday the 1st of March due to a status red weather warning and will re-open again at 10am on Saturday the 3rd of March. People need to take heed of Status Red Weather Warnings and stay indoors and keep warm to ensure their safety.
Met Eireann has outlined below what a STATUS RED - Severe Weather Warning is:
The issue of RED level severe weather warnings is 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.
What weather conditions are warned for? Hazards deriving from the following weather-related types are covered by Met Éireann’s weather warnings system:
Coastal Wind Warnings
The following is the National Forecast issued by Met Eireann 01 March 2018 09:49
Bitterly cold and very windy today with occasional hail and snow showers. Later this evening blizzard-like conditions with heavier snow will arrive in the south. Temperatures will remain sub-zero for all of today in strong easterly winds with gale gusts giving significant chill.
Blizzards will extend countrywide tonight with heavy snow accumulating widely along with hazardous ice. A risk of thunderstorms with hail over Munster and south Leinster. Temperatures as low as minus 4 degrees with severe and penetrating frost. Strong to gale force northeast winds.
Tomorrow Friday will stay bitterly cold and windy. Falls of snow further accumulating. The better dry spells will occur in the north and northwest, and snow may turn to rain for a time near south coasts. Disruption will persist countrywide. Strong northeast winds will with severe gusts and the risk of coastal flooding. Highest temperatures -1 to +3 degrees.
The strong easterly winds will steadily ease on Friday night and temperatures will be below freezing once again, down to as low as minus 3 degrees but lower over lying snow. There'll be a mix of snow, sleet and rain in the south with further snow showers along eastern and northern coasts. There'll be breaks in the weather but it will remain rather cloudy.
There'll be some brighter weather on Saturday with dry spells developing. The fresh easterly winds will ease for a time but it will remain cold with temperatures from only 1 degree in the east and up to 4 or 5 degrees in the west, coldest over lying snow. The temperatures on Saturday night will be very low again, down to minus 5 degrees.
There'll be rain, sleet and snow showers on Sunday and Monday along eastern and northeastern coasts with temperatures still very low for the time of year as the easterly regime persists. The winds will gradually ease, becoming light by Monday.
The further outlook in to next week is for the cold conditions to persist with light to moderate east to northeast winds and isolated wintry showers.
Stay safe everyone and we look forward to welcoming you all back tomorrow at 2pm (weather depending).