Severe weather warning for Christmas

Published Sunday, 22 December 2013
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A severe weather warning is in place throughout Northern Ireland for strong gales on Christmas Eve.

Severe weather warning for Christmas
Al Mennie made the most of the stormy weather as he surfs in Portrush last week. (© Pacemaker)

The UK MET Office is predicting the potential for significant disruption to travel, and also the risk of some flooding due to the heavy rain.

"There is the likelihood of widespread gales, with gusts to around 70 mph for much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, west Wales, northwest England, as well as southern coasts of England."

"Gusts of 80-90 mph are possible, the greatest likelihood of these values being towards the northwest. Although many central and eastern areas of England should see lesser wind gusts, the combination of these winds with heavy rain and heavy holiday traffic may well increase impacts."

An earlier weather warning predicted the severe weather to begin on Monday at 9am, ending on Christmas Eve just before midnight.

However, this has been updated to begin on Tuesday at 7am and last for the rest of the day.

On Sunday morning, police advised motorists throughout the region to drive with caution following reports of black ice on a number of roads.

The Roads Service said that salting took place on scheduled routes earlier, but that motorists should drive with extreme care.

© UTV News
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6 Comments
Big Dave in Belfast wrote (119 days ago):
Hold on to your Santa hats..... its about to get MEGATRON with the WIND up in here!!! WOOOOOOSH WOOOOOOSH WOOOOOOSH ....
catherine barry in Belfast wrote (119 days ago):
we will fly our kite tonite all rite
R in Belfast wrote (120 days ago):
Hahaha aly good one :-)
jolly holly in beautiful belfast wrote (120 days ago):
hope santa will be alright gettin here
aly in belfast wrote (120 days ago):
thought the bad wind would have been Christmas night . . .after the sprouts
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