Storm Ciara (pronounced “kira”, a Gaelic name because it hits Ireland first) is rushing over the Atlantic at speeds up to 350 km/h and should hit Ireland from 15:00 UTC today (Saturday 8 February).
The UK Met Office expects 20 to 40mm of rain to fall across Ireland, with up to 80mm over some areas of higher ground within 18 hours. Gusts of 80 to 100km/h are likely across inland areas. They could reach speeds of 115km/h and possibly 130km/h in exposed hills and coasts.
A yellow warning for wind (becoming an amber warning in some areas) covers Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and north Wales on Saturday. In the Republic of Ireland, weather service Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange weather warning for counties in the west and the north of the country.
From Sunday noon, the storm will continue to the European continent from the north of France to Scandinavia with the same ranges of wind speed and rainfall. The meteorological offices of the respective countries have issued warnings varying from yellow to orange.
Storm Ciara (named Sabine in Germany) is expected to bring a range of impacts including delays and cancellations to air traffic. KLM cancelled 40 flights to and from Amsterdam Schiphol on Sunday. At Brussels airport for the same day, Brussels Airlines cancelled 38 flights, Lufthansa 14, British Airways 2, KLM 2 and Eurowings 2.
Airports have issued an updated weather forecast called ‘Terminal Aerodrome Forecast’ or ‘TAF’ for the next hours and days. Here are the TAF’s for Brussels, Amsterdam and London (Heathrow), valid at moment of writing, with maximum expected wind gusts in bold:
Brussels Airport (BRU/EBBR)
EBBR 081717Z 0818/0924 21010KT 9999 BKN020 TEMPO 0818/0820 4000 RA SCT008 BKN012 PROB40 TEMPO 0818/0820 BKN008 BECMG 0904/0906 20015G25KT BECMG 0908/0910 20020G35KT BECMG 0911/0913 21027G45KT TEMPO 0913/0919 RA BKN014 PROB40 TEMPO 0918/0920 21030G55KT TEMPO 0921/0924 23032G60KT 3500 SHRA BKN014CB
Amsterdam Schiphol Airports (AMS/EHAM)
EHAM 081720Z 0818/0924 19010KT 9999 SCT025 TEMPO 0818/0905 7000 BKN007 BECMG 0903/0906 19021G31KT BECMG 0906/0909 20026G38KT BECMG 0909/0912 20031G45KT BKN018 TEMPO 0909/0913 6000 RADZ BECMG 0913/0916 21036G52KT 5000 RADZ BKN014 TEMPO 0918/0921 24042G60KT 4000 +SHRA BKN012CB BECMG 0919/0922 25033G50KT 9999 NSW SCT025 PROB30 TEMPO 0921/0924 25039G58KT 6000 SHRAGS SCT020CB BKN025
London Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
EGLL 081659Z 0818/0924 20010KT 9999 FEW025 PROB40 TEMPO 0818/0821 19015G25KT BECMG 0821/0824 19020G30KT TEMPO 0902/0909 7000 -RA BKN012 BECMG 0906/0909 20025G42KT TEMPO 0909/0918 21030G55KT TEMPO 0909/0915 4000 RA BKN009 TEMPO 0915/0924 3000 +SHRA BKN014CB PROB30 TEMPO 0915/0919 23035G65KT BECMG 0919/0922 24020G35KT
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) February 8, 2020
Dear travelers, the weather forecast for this Sunday, February 9, will have no impact on flights departing from or arriving at Brussels Airport throughout the day. However, in the evening, stronger winds may cause flights departing from Brussels Airport to be delayed. #StormCiara
— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) February 8, 2020
Due to the expected severe storm over Northern and Central Europe, the entire air traffic may be affected from Sunday afternoon (9 February) to Tuesday morning (11 February), including Eurowings flights. Please check the status of your flight: https://t.co/2IgU0VAbKN pic.twitter.com/kwf7MPcheO
— Eurowings (@eurowings) February 8, 2020