Iceland Vulcano Latest Update - MET Office - 8 May
Saturday 8, May 2010
Latest Information received from the Icelandic Meteorological Office states that that the explosive activity from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano has now decreased and the ash plume has reduced slightly in height to 20,000 to 25,000 ft.
The Icelandic Met Office state that there are no signs that the eruption is about to end, with the situation with the volcanic eruption remaining dynamic.
Winds remain from the north-east at present with ash remaining to the west of the UK. As a result NATS continues to advise aircraft about airspace restrictions affecting transatlantic flights, allowing them to cross the Atlantic safely. The ash cloud has drifted across parts of southwest Europe, leading to disruption.
Later in the weekend weather patterns are set to change and may bring the ash cloud back into parts of UK airspace toward the end of the weekend and into next week.
As the volcanic activity changes, the Met Office will continue to provide timely information to NATS and CAAabout the dispersion of the volcanic ash, in line with the new engine criteria set by the CAA and the aviation industry.
Any decisions on airspace closures are the responsibility of CAA and further information on the impacts of this increased activity should be sought from them.
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