w could be set for a sudden warming event this month as future forecasting models show a change in weather could be on the way.
The rapid warming event, also known as Sudden Stratospheric Warming, often leads to extremely cold weather events - similar to the famous "Beast from the East". But while it may happen, it doesn't always end up occuring, and is not always guaranteed to affect the weather.
Carlow Weather's Alan O'Reilly said that the impact of the sudden change, if it happens, is currently uncertain. But he did add that if it were to happen it would likely continue into March.
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He said: "Weather models forecasting an increased risk of SSW (Sudden Stratospheric Warming) around the middle of the month. Any possible impacts on our weather are uncertain but if we do see an impact it would likely be into March."
Met Eireann meanwhile says that from February 20 we can expect things to become more settled. But more rain is forecast for the country according to current predictions.
Met Eireann said: "High pressure looks set to build again from the southeast in Week 3 bringing slightly more settled conditions. However low pressure is indicated to be close by to the northwest. Thus, rainfall amounts are indicated to be slightly above average almost everywhere (with the exception of the east coast). Again, mean air temperatures are trending to be slightly above average everywhere. Forecast confidence is low at this point.
"Confidence is very low at this point for Week 4 but at the moment it looks like the situation will be similar to week 3 with Ireland between low pressure to the northwest and high pressure to the southeast. This is indicated to result in slightly higher than average rainfall in the west and slightly higher than average temperatures throughout the country."
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