Gusts up to 60mph expected across NI on Wednesday

Flooding in Dungannon on Sunday. The Met Office has predicted strong weather on Wednesday, December 9.
Flooding in Dungannon on Sunday. The Met Office has predicted strong weather on Wednesday, December 9.

The Met Office has warned that gale force winds are set to sweep Northern Ireland this afternoon, with gusts of up to 60mph in places.

Forecaster John Mitchell said that, while there had been “breezy” conditions between 6am and 6pm on Tuesday, this is set to increase.

He said Wednesday afternoon would bring heavy rain.

He added: “It’s going to become strong-to-gale force pretty much everywhere in Northern Ireland.”

This will mean winds of about 50mph, with stronger gusts of up to 60mph expected in exposed and coastal areas.

Wind and rain are expected to reduce during the night, giving way to a cold day on Thursday with a mix of sunshine and showers, with gusts up to 40mph.

It follows severe weather and flooding across NI at the weekend.