After gale-force winds, get set for heavy rain

Homes lost power in stormy weather in Northern Ireland.

Homes lost power in stormy weather in Northern Ireland.


The gale-force winds that battered the Province earlier this week are not expected to return, although persistent heavy rain will sweep through all areas today, according to the Met Office.

Last night the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for ice, valid up to 9am today.

Around 10,000 NIE customers were left without electricity across Northern Ireland on Wednesday night, with the majority of those affected in eastern and northern areas.

Last night an NIE spokeswoman said all customers had their power restored.
She said customers had been left without electricity following extreme winds of up to 80mph which damaged power lines and felled trees across the Province. She added their emergency crews “worked through the night, carrying out repairs in areas where it was safe to do so”.

Laura Young from the Met Office said that it felt particularly cold yesterday because “the weather system that moved through overnight [on Tuesday] brought with it some cold air”.

“Although temperatures are about average at the moment it is going to feel a lot colder,” she said.

“But it has been very mild. The average temperature for December in Northern Ireland is four degrees.”

Ms Young said today will “have a bright start” but “persistent heavy rain will reach Northern Ireland by about midday”.

“This rain will cross all parts during the afternoon and evening.

“There will be southerly winds, but milder again with a maximum temperature of 10 or 11 degrees.

“But, again it will feel colder with those strong winds which will build up during the day, but you are not looking at anything like what you experienced in the previous 24 hours.

“However, that could change. It all depends on where the lows hit and cools the weather.

“But I would advise anyone travelling to be aware of the unsettled weather.

“The weekend will be cold and windy, but you will also have some good periods of sunshine.

“There will be snow on high ground and on lower ground if the temperatures are low enough.”

She added there was a greater chance of snow across Scotland “which could be 10-20cm on higher ground”.

“I’d be surprised if we got more than 5cm on lower ground,” she added.

In England, thousands of people were yesterday recovering from flooding and power disruption after heavy downpours and gale-force winds across the country.

A 23-year-old woman died in the Republic of Ireland when a tree fell on her car near Mullingar in Co Westmeath.




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