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Cold Comfort Forecaster says 'put away the garden furniture' as cold weather to come

She said that everyone should take advantage of the nice weather this week and begin to prepare for the winter months.

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Met Éireann's Head of Forecasting, Evelyn Cusack (Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins)

Met Éireann's Head of Forecasting, Evelyn Cusack (Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins)

Met Éireann's Head of Forecasting, Evelyn Cusack (Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins)

Met Éireann’s Head of Forecasting has said that it’s “time to put away the garden furniture” as the weather is to turn from next week.

Evelyn Cusack was speaking as the Government launches its annual Be Winter Ready campaign.

This year’s theme is staying safe on the farm over winter, but Evelyn explained that the campaign also highlights the “particular challenges that winter can present.”

She told Newstalk Breakfast that everyone should take advantage of the nice weather this week and begin to prepare for the winter months.

“This week is a very good week because it’s so lovely and you can get out and about and do all the preparations,” she said.

“Around the farmyards, make sure everything is secure - and even for ourselves and our gardens, I think it's really nearly time to put away the garden furniture at this stage.

“And to make sure that everything is tied down and all the outside lights are working.

“And that there’s no loose slates on the roof - do all those checks on the buildings and the outhouses.”

Evelyn also shared ways that both motorists and pedestrians can be safe on the roads.


“For a very general, practical point of view is to have your high-vis jackets ready.

“It's great to see the kids going to school now, and the cyclists, I think it's become the norm now to wear high-vis jackets.

“For motorists, check your tyres and that the windscreen wipers are working.

“And it's a really good week now, the next two weeks, to get your car in for a service and to prepare for the winter.

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“The TII are now showing on the motorway the Met Éireann weather warnings, particularly for hailstones.

“While they don't occur that often, they can be very dangerous and lethal on motorways.”

In terms of the weather forecast for the next few weeks, Evelyn said that we can expect temperatures to drop significantly.

“The forecast for the coming month, there's no sign of anything too extreme, but in the immediate term - in the next week - while it has been exceptionally mild with lovely, warm southerly winds... it's going to turn that bit colder for next week.

“During Saturday, winds are going to swing around to a northerly direction, so that’s just the immediate future.

“But for the seasonal forecasting, for the winter, there's no clear signal of anything extreme.

“But as Johnny Giles used to say, ‘Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.’”

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