NI weather: Thunderstorm alert for NI - lightning strikes, hail, heavy downpours, flooding and strong winds

The Met Office has issued a yellow status weather warning of a thunderstorm for Northern Ireland.

Monday, 9th August 2021, 11:13 am
Updated Monday, 9th August 2021, 11:14 am

The alert was issued on Monday morning and is valid between 12:00pm and 9:00pm.

It's the fourth thunderstorm warning for Northern Ireland issued by the Met Office in the last seven days.

"Heavy downpours will develop today," reads the alert on the Met Office website.

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The area in yellow denotes where the worst of the thunderstorm is expected to be.

"Some places will miss these, but where they do occur, 10-20 mm rain may fall in a short space of time, perhaps with 30-50 mm over several hours in a few places where successive showers occur.

"Some of these showers may also be thundery.

"The showers will fade away during the evening."

What to expect:

- Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

- Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

- There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

- There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds. (Source: The Met Office)