A month's rain already in August

Published Friday, 15 August 2014
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Almost a month's worth of rain has fallen in two weeks in Northern Ireland.

According to the Met Office, the figure from the start of August up to Wednesday was 93mm - which is 95% of the usual average for the whole month.

The pattern has been the same throughout the UK with 86.1mm of rainfall so far, just short of the month's 89.5mm average.

It comes after the remnants of Hurricane Bertha swept across much of Britain.

Scotland was particularly hard hit with more than an average full month's rain already falling, causing significant flooding in the Inverness and Moray areas.

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, heavy rain at the start of August caused a mudslide at Orra Mountain in north Antrim after large volumes of mud and peat were swept down the hillside.

The incident was captured on camera by a local farmer.

Another landslide led to the Coast Road being closed between Waterfoot and Carnlough for a time, while 40.8mm of rain was recorded in just six hours in Ballypatrick Forest.

The latest forecast for Northern Ireland says the region can expect a mostly dry day on Friday with some isolated showers, and patchy rain over the weekend.

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