Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hurricane Gert set to bring more unsettled weather to Ireland this weekend

This NOAA handout GOES-16 satellite image obtained August 16, 2017 shows Hurricane Gert in the Atlantic Ocean on August 15, 2017. AFP PHOTO / NOAA / Handout
This NOAA handout GOES-16 satellite image obtained August 16, 2017 shows Hurricane Gert in the Atlantic Ocean on August 15, 2017. AFP PHOTO / NOAA / Handout
Ireland is braced for a wet and windy weekend

Cillian Sherlock

Hurricane Gert is going to bring more unsettled weather to Ireland, adding to the recent spell of strong winds and heavy rain.

Hurricane Gert, the second hurricane of the season in the Atlantic Ocean, is expected to track east towards Ireland before losing strength and being absorbed into a low pressure system on Sunday and into Monday.

The hurricane will see wind speeds 120-180km/h according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The remnants of the tail-end of the hurricane could have a nasty effect on our weather.

While some experts say it could bring bands of warm weather for Ireland and the UK, Gert is likely to bring more rain and wind to our shores.

It is too early to say what’s in store for Ireland, according to Met Éireann’s Deirdre Lowe.

“It’s basically going to mean very unsettled weather. It’s predicted to move across the Atlantic and the remnants will move to the mid-Atlantic up between Ireland and Iceland,” she said.

The weather system is causing more rain to fall over Ireland.

“It could pump very warm humid air on Sunday but it’s going to bring spells of rain so it won’t be great temperatures or anything,” she said.

Ms Lowe added that ex-hurricanes like Gert can cause difficulty for accurate forecasting.

“Often when there’s an ex-hurricane in the forecast the charts become less reliable and it is harder to predict with accuracy,” she added.

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