Wet conditions are forecast today as ‘apocalyptic’ rain hits parts of Northern Ireland

Wet conditions will continue across the country today with widespread showers forecast.

et Éireann said heavy downpours are expected with some occasional dry and light spells mainly in the east and south-east.

It comes as the UK Met Office has issued a yellow status rain warning for Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry.

The warning is in effect from 12 noon today until 9pm tonight and the forecaster warned of “heavy showers or prolonged downpours with some thunderstorms likely to cause travel disruption and flooding”.

Six people had to be rescued by firefighters as severe flooding, described as “apocalyptic”, ravaged parts of Northern Ireland this weekend.

Police have issued warnings of dangerous driving conditions in parts of Derry and Strabane, Co Tyrone.

Flooding was reported in several areas of the city of Derry including Strand Road and Foyle Road.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said a total of 106 flood-related 999 calls were received between Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning, resulting in “firefighters responding to 49 operational incidents”.

Meanwhile, Met Éireann meteorologist Conall Ruth said it will be quite wet and blustery today, with some heavy and possibly thunderstorm downpours expected.

“We have another fairly wet day ahead of us today, with showers starting in Connacht and Ulster with prolonged downpours spreading in the morning and afternoon,” he said.

However, there will also be some dry and light periods, particularly in the east and south-east with highest temperatures between 17°C and 24°C, warmest in the east, with moderate to fresh and gusty south-west winds that are intermittently strong near the coast.

Mr Ruth said Monday will start cloudy with scattered showers before clearing over the course of the afternoon and evening with some sunny spells developing.

“The north-west will remain coolest and winds will be mainly light to moderate and from the north-west, staying fresh near Mantle. Highest temperatures of 15C to 19C remain coolest in the northwest,” he said.

“Tuesday will bring very similar conditions, beginning cloudy with scattered showers but later dry with sunny intervals. The highest temperatures are in the mid to high teens.”

The highest temperatures are between 15°C and 17°C with light west to north-west winds.

The forecaster is forecasting calmer conditions midweek as high pressure moves across the country.

There will be much dry weather with only the occasional shower, daytime temperatures will generally be in the mid to high teens with winds easing.

Clouds and sun will alternate on Wednesday, mostly dry with isolated showers in the west and north. The highest temperatures are between 16°C and 19°C with light variable breezes.

There will be a mix of clouds and clear spells on Thursday with only the occasional shower. The highest temperatures are between 17 ° C and 21 ° C with a light south-west breeze.

The low pressure is expected to return from Friday bringing with it wet conditions that will continue throughout the weekend.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the high teens or low 20s for the remainder of the week.

https://www.independent.ie/news/wet-conditions-forecast-today-as-apocalyptic-rain-hits-parts-of-northern-ireland-41863188.html Wet conditions are forecast today as ‘apocalyptic’ rain hits parts of Northern Ireland

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