Weekend gales warning for NI

Published Friday, 13 December 2013
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Gales of up to 70mph are expected across Northern Ireland on Saturday, with a yellow level alert having been put in place by the Met Office.

Weekend gales warning for NI
Stormy weather hit Northern Ireland last week too. (© Pacemaker)

Heavy rain is also forecast for much of the day, with the gales warning active from 6am until 9pm.

"A vigorous depression is expected to run quickly northeastwards, passing west of Scotland on Saturday," the Chief Forecaster explains.

"As this happens, very strong south to southwest winds are likely to develop."

Northern Ireland Electricity has warned of a possibility of damage to the electricity network, especially in eastern areas.

NIE has emergency crews, engineers and call handlers on standby. If any customers do lose electricity supplies, contact NIE on 08457 643 643 or report a power cut online.

NIE

The northwest of Scotland is likely to be hardest hit, but Northern Ireland will also be blasted by the stormy conditions.

Experts warn that some disruption is possible and people in coastal areas should be aware of the risk of waves crashing over the shore.

"At this stage there remains some uncertainty regarding the extent of the strongest winds and so the public are advised to look out for further updates to this warning," the Met Office adds.

More rain looks likely on Sunday, but with drier conditions moving into the start of next week.

It will also turn a little colder, with temperatures still above freezing but feeling more like -2C at times.

© UTV News
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2 Comments
rab in Belfast wrote (131 days ago):
Batten down the hatches and stay safe peeps
Anon in Belfast wrote (131 days ago):
High winds and rain eh, welllll, we could always look on the bright side. At least we haven't got heavy snow fall..
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