Met Office issues storm warning as rain to bring days of chaos

UK weather: Cloud and rain forecast for King’s coronation

A hotter mercury mixed with torrential downpours is set to bring fresh storm chaos to parts of Northern Ireland within hours. That’s according to a Met Office yellow weather warning which comes into force from midnight until 9pm tomorrow. The forecaster says there could “probably be some damage to a few buildings and structures caused by lightning strikes”, and that flash flooding could hit. 


In terms of what to expect, it adds that driving conditions will be impacted by spray, standing water and hail, with journey times by car and buses impacted.

Trains may also be delayed and people could be subject to power loss at times. Its official statement adds: “Heavy showers are expected to develop by the afternoon across Northern Ireland, aided by daytime heating.

“These may turn heavy and thundery at times, with a risk of hail. The heaviest showers are most likely in the east of the Province. Totals of 30-40mm in a couple of hours are possible.”

The warning covers County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry and County Tyrone. But the longer-range outlook for next week remains bleak. 

In its UK-wide forecast, the Met Office says there could be some early sunshine in the far east but elsewhere should expect cloud and outbreaks of rain tomorrow.

It will be “brightening up across Northern Ireland and Scotland but some heavy, thundery showers developing,” it says.

Then, from Tuesday to Thursday it says: “Sunshine and showers each day. The showers locally heavy with a risk of thunder. Temperatures generally close to average but with mostly light winds, feeling warm in any sunshine.”

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