Weather warnings are much more common than they used to be so it is useful to know the difference between the different categories of alert.
Status Yellow warnings are for weather that does not pose a threat to the general population but is potentially dangerous on a localised scale.
Status Orange warnings are for infrequent and dangerous weather which may pose a threat to life and property.
Status Red warnings are very rare and relate to extremely dangerous weather because of intense meteorological conditions.
The warnings can apply to a range of weather conditions, including wind, coastal wind warnings, rain, snow and ice, low and high temperatures, thunderstorms and fog.
For more information about what each status for each individual category means, further information is available at