'Deep low' - Fears storm system could hit Ireland next week
Storm Arwen is the first named storm of the winter season and there are signs it could arrive on Ireland's shores in September.
Weather models for next week are showing a deep area of low pressure heading for Ireland. Met Éireann's weather charts show red level winds on the west coast on Thursday / Friday, September 23/24.
Weather Alerts Ireland has described the weather system as "something to keep an eye on."
Their latest forecast added: "This evening's [Thursday] ECMWF model is forecasting a low-pressure system pushing very close to Ireland next Friday which could bring very strong winds and rain.
"The GFS model is not showing this deep low at the moment. Still a good while off so will be interesting to see how it plays out."
Met Éireann's forecast from Friday, September 24, says: "Atlantic frontal systems could still affect Ireland during the period, but they are likely to be significantly weakened as they run eastwards into the high pressure.
"A drier than normal rainfall signal supports this reasoning. Temperatures look likely to stay above average also. The potential for warnings during this period is thus reduced."
Storm Arwen is the first winter storm on the joint Irish, British and Dutch forecast list for 2021/22.
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