Gusts in excess of 70mph swept Northern Ireland yesterday as residents were warned to brace for several more days of dismal weather.
Roads were closed in some parts as police told motorists to beware of the wet and windy conditions, as forecasting agency MeteoGroup warned that the rainy weather could be set to continue until as late as February 12.
According to the agency’s Matt Dobson, Glenanne in Co Armagh saw the strongest wind speed of the day, at 71mph at around noon.
The PSNI had cautioned motorists on the Warrenpoint-to-Rostrevor Road to be vigilant due to the conditions, and Newcastle’s South Promenade and the Portaferry Road in Newtownards suffered closures.
“Over the next week or so we’re going to see band after band of rain continuing to batter the UK,” said Mr Dobson.
“It’s just a continued bombardment of active rain bands nearly every day.”
The weather is expected to affect the whole of the UK, and Northern Ireland is no exception.
Figures for last month, obtained from the Met Office, showed although there was no dramatic departure from the norm when it came to temperatures, it had been among the wettest Januarys in Northern Ireland’s past 100 years.