Storm Eva passes but more rain on the way over Christmas

More rain is expected
More rain is expected

The worst of Storm Eva is now clear of the United Kingdom but a new spell of unsettled weather is to follow, forecasters have said.

Further rainfall of up 15mm was expected in many areas on Wednesday night as Eva’s effects were felt across Northern Ireland for the last time.

A spokesman for the Met Office said the heavy band of rain and gale force winds should have cleared the north coast by 3am on their way towards Scandinavia, and that the winds on Christmas Eve will be fresh along with a few showers.

However, he added: “But we do have a new weather front pushing in more wind and rain from the south by the second part of Christmas Day, so it’s probably going a bit downhill by later on Christmas Day with thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain.

“Boxing Day looks a bit unsettled but it doesn’t look particularly severe for Northern Ireland.

“There might be some rain at times but the worst looks to be over northern Scotland and north west England.”

The forecaster added: “Boxing Day temperatures should be what we would expect for this time of year – maybe 6C-8C – on a reasonably bright day.”

Thursday’s top temperature is expected to be similar to Wednesday at 6C.

In the north west of England, flood-hit residents in Cumbria were clearing up clearing up after the second deluge in three weeks as they await further heavy rain in the run-up to Christmas Day.

In Appleby, the River Eden burst its banks once more, causing localised flooding in the low lying Sands area of the town.