Thursday 18 January 2018

Planes forced to divert as strong winds impact at Dublin Airport

The brollies will be needed
The brollies will be needed

Greg Harkin

THREE planes have been forced to divert from Dublin to Shannon and Belfast as strong winds cause difficulties and some delays at the country's busiest airport.

A spokeswoman for the Dublin Airport Authority told that a Lufthansa flight has been forced to divert this evening after making a number of attempts to land in the strong winds.

She also said that air traffic controllers have switched runways in an attempt to counter the winds, but added that delays remain "minor" at the end of what is one of the busiest weekends at the airport. Two other planes have since been forced to divert.

Strong winds and rain have lashed much of the country on the first day of June.

Forecasters agree that temperatures are finally set to rise later this week, after a horrible May in most parts of the country.

But the first day of the Irish summer today has seen more of that same dreadful weather - with an Orange Alert wind warning for Leinster and a Yellow Alert for the rest of the country. Winds gusting to 115kmph hit the east of the country from this morning.

Weather is set to stay dry and warm during the week
Weather is set to stay dry and warm during the week

Met Eireann meteorologist Siobhan Ryan said a complex weather system would also ensure a washout tomorrow.

Warmer weather from continental Europe will begin to arrive over the country on Wednesday - just as thousands of students begin Junior and Leaving Cert exams.

Thursday will see warm and dry weather with temperatures up to 20C or 21C, with the best of the weather in the south and east.

Temperatures could hit 28C in southern England this week.

But for Ireland, two new weather systems will go into battle by the weekend, which could see either hot weather or a series of thunderstorms.

She said there was still a great deal of uncertainty over Friday, with a wet Atlantic front vying for dominance over the warm ridge of high pressure from Europe.

This could, she said, lead to heavy thunderstorms.

"There is a lot of uncertainty about the end of the week with a battle ground between an Atlantic regime and warm continental air but there is likelihood at this stage is for rain despite some very good temperatures," said Ms Ryan.

She said temperatures over the past week had been 2.5C below average for the time of the year in the west of the country and 1.5C cooler in the east.

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It was also duller, with Ulster and Connacht seeing just 70pc of normal sunshine hours.

Only the south-east saw below average rainfall, with up to 150pc across northern areas.

Cork has had the best of the weather with just 8mm of rain in the past seven days. Higher temperatures there also helped grass growth for farmers.

Irish Independent

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