Latest update - Volcanic ash is coming back to Ireland - 15 May
Saturday 15, May 2010
Due to the prevailing weather conditions, the volcanic ash cloud is drifting towards Ireland from the North Atlantic and is likely to be over the west coast early tomorrow morning.
As a result, Sligo, Donegal and Ireland West (Knock) airports may be closed from early tomorrow morning.
An update will be provided at 2030 following analysis of the latest information due this evening.
Passengers planning to travel by air over the coming days are advised to regularly check their airline websites and the IAA website in advance of going to the airport.
Until now, the Met Office UK has provided charts showing ash forecasts for the next 18 hours, and these remain the charts on which operational decisions are made. However five day ash prediction charts are now available to provide an indication of possible ash cloud dispersion beyond the short term.
Beyond 18 hours Met Office UK has to deal with the unpredictability of the volcano and it is worth stressing that forecasts of winds become more uncertain the longer the lead time. Hence these forecasts are for general guidance only and you should refer to the short period charts for more accurate information.
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