Heavy rain hits NI

Published Thursday, 22 November 2012
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Police are advising motorists throughout Northern Ireland to drive with due care and attention after the region was hit with hours of heavy rain overnight.

Heavy rain hits NI
Motorists are being advised to take care on the roads. (© Pacemaker)

A UK Met Office yellow 'Be Aware' warning was issued for Northern Ireland for part of Thursday.

The heavy rain affected the early morning rush hour period and downpours are expected to return in the afternoon.

In Co Down, there have also been reports of flooding in the Dromore, Banbridge area of the A1 southbound.

Elsewhere, in Great Britain, a spell of very wet and windy weather has been forecast.

Wales, the Scottish Highlands and south-west England have all been issued with an Amber 'Be Prepared' weather warning.

Other areas affected include south west Scotland and the Midlands.

The UK Met Office advised:"Coming so soon after the heavy rain which fell in many places on Wednesday this is likely to provoke further issues with flooding.

"Additionally, winds will gust to 50 to 60 mph in many places, and even 70 mph in some exposed western areas."

Meanwhile, Met Éireann has both a weather warning and gale force warning in place for the rest of Ireland.

After a morning of heavy thundery rain, there will be occasional heavy rain and hail showers in the afternoon, it has predicted.

"Heavy showers in places this evening will become confined to coastal counties of the west and northwest tonight.

"Most other areas becoming dry and clear. Cold with lowest temperatures of 1 to 3 degrees with some grass frost in parts of the midlands, east and south."

© UTV News
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