Fresh warnings for wind and rain in NI

Published Wednesday, 25 December 2013
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The Met Office has issued new weather warnings for severe wind and rain, which will affect most of Northern Ireland on Friday.

Fresh warnings for wind and rain in NI
A weather warning is in place for most of Friday (© Pacemaker)

A Yellow 'be aware' warning for widespread gales will be in place from the early hours of Friday, with gusts of over 60mph expected, especially over coastal areas and high ground in counties Antrim and Down.

"Another deep area of low pressure is expected to develop over the Atlantic Ocean mid-week, bringing another spell of wet and windy weather across the UK as it tracks northeastwards past northwestern Britain later on Thursday and during Friday," forecasters said.

"Wind is expected to increase across the area after dark on Thursday with peak winds thought most likely to occur during Friday daytime."

"The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, especially where the high winds are combined with heavy rainfall."

Heavy rain is expected to hit the whole of Northern Ireland on Friday.

The Met Office says spells of rain are expected to be heavy at times with 10 to 20mm expected to fall quite widely, with a warning in place across counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone.

Locally in excess of 30mm is likely over parts of the region until 6pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, an orange warning for wind has also been issued in the Republic of Ireland. The severe weather is due to affect the whole country on Thursday night and Friday.

"It will become very windy or stormy again during the evening of St Stephen's Day, continuing overnight and for much of Friday", Met Éireann says.

Further disruption and possible damage is expected in the Republic of Ireland, with gusts of up to 80mph in some coastal areas.

Earlier police warned drivers in Northern Ireland that black ice was still affected parts of the region, especially the Ballymoney, Banbridge, Gilford, Scarva, Coleraine, Garvagh, Armoy and Dungiven areas on Wednesday morning.

"Extreme caution is recommended", a PSNI spokesman said.

Temperatures are forecast to fall below freezing on Wednesday evening and there is a risk of ice and frost on roads.

© UTV News
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