New Year washout forecast with return to heavy rain

Gale force winds have battered Northern Ireland over the Christmas period with more stormy weather forecast.

Gale force winds have battered Northern Ireland over the Christmas period with more stormy weather forecast.


The torrential rainfall that featured strongly across Northern Ireland on Sunday night is expected to give way to calmer conditions on Monday.

However, Met Office forecaster Peter Sloss said the yellow ‘be alert’ weather warning that was in place from nine o’clock on Sunday night to seven o’clock Monday morning in eastern parts of the Province could lead to “localised flooding in areas”.

Rainfall accumulations of 10-20mm are expected with 30mm over high ground.

“The weather pattern over the past few weeks has been very changeable with weather systems pushing their way across the UK,” he said.

“Everywhere will get a period of torrential rain on Sunday night/Monday morning but not for a long time. It will move through reasonably quickly, but it will hang about in Co Down and Co Armagh and into Belfast, taking longer to clear there.

“However, drier weather will come to all parts on Monday morning. Monday is back into the gap between weather systems when it will be bright.”

Mr Sloss said the next period of heavy rain will come tonight “when we will see rain crossing all of Northern Ireland”.

He added: “But this will not be as heavy as the rain we saw on Sunday night and there are no warnings in force for that.

“Then on Tuesday there will also be showers blowing through in the afternoon, but they won’t affect anyone for too long.

“However, the next wet spell of heavy persistent rain will come along on Wednesday, New Year’s Day.

“Although it will be fairly good for New Year’s Eve for party-goers, New Year’s Day will be wet.

“That moves away for showery conditions on Thursday through to Friday.”

Mr Sloss said over the next few days “temperatures are not terribly cold with winds coming from the south and south-east”.

“Temperatures will be close to what we get this time of year at 6C/7C during the day and 3C/4C at night,” he added.

“There is nothing exceptional or severe in store compared to the very stormy weather that was seen and the damage caused with trees in the last week.”

Meanwhile, a severe weather warning over fears of gales of up to 80mph affecting Wales and the south west and southern England has been issued by the Met Office.

A forecaster for MeteoGroup, said: “Normally, we would say this is a typical winter storm but because we’re still recovering from a string of other storms it is likely to cause more disruption and flooding.”




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