26 May 2022

Weather looking good for the weekend in Donegal

Warning of high fire risk

Weather looking good for the weekend in Donegal

The sun setting on south Donegal last evening Photo: Isabella McHugh

It is looking mighty good for the weekend in Donegal with the national meteorological service Met Éireann intimating that the early spring sunshine of this morning will clear away any lingering mist and fog.

It is amazing how the weather has changed here in the last week or so and of course, we will get an extra stretch from tomorrow evening, when time changes.

It'll will be pleasant day with clear and sunny spells with highs of 13 to 17 degrees and light winds.

As for this evening, it will stay dry with good long clear spells but a little more cloud will develop along the east coast, if you happen to be travelling in that direction.

The winds will be light too allowing for mist and fog to form with lows of 1 to 4 degrees, Met Éireann say.

Sunday is looking good as well. 

There is now a moderate risk from ash pollen in wooded areas during warm dry weather and the birch pollen will start emerging too.

Spores will be moderate with penicillium, aspergillus and pleospora. Cool breezes on the east coast will reduce the risk there.

Condition Orange Fire notice

Meanwhile, a Fire Danger Notice, Condition Orange, for all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses, and other vegetation exist, has been issued.

The Notice is in effect until midday on Monday, March 28.

Donegal County Council has appealed to landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires.

Landowners and members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the fire service by dialling 999 or 112.

The Council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires.

House holders or building owners in areas susceptible to wildfire are advised to remove or cut back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity of their house, building or oil tank to prevent wildfires damaging or destroying their property.

Donegal County Council has also reminded landowners and members of the public that under the Wildlife Acts, 1976 and 2000 it is an offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated between March 1 and August 31 in any year.

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