What do weather warnings mean?

Weather warnings are presented in three categories:

STATUS YELLOW – Weather Alert – Be Aware

YELLOW level weather alerts notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and allow them to take preventative action. YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.

STATUS ORANGE – Weather Warning – Be Prepared

An ORANGE level weather warning is for weather conditions that can impact significantly on people in the affected areas. People in the affected areas should prepare themselves for the anticipated conditions.

STATUS RED – Severe Weather Warning – Take Action

The issue of RED level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event. Following the issue of a RED alert people should take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.

You can visit Met Éireann for a detailed explanation of weather warnings; when they are issued and the criteria for each warning level.