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Heavy rain causes flooding in parts of Northern Ireland

By Michelle Smyth

It looked like Sunday was getting off to a good start... until the thunder rumbled in.

Shortly after 5pm the Met Office issued a yellow warning for Northern Ireland – the second alert issued in 24 hours.

Many parts of counties Antrim, Down, Londonderry and Armagh became flooded with surface water and police appealed to motorists to exercise caution on the roads.

Met Office forecaster Mark Seltzer revealed that between 6am and 6pm yesterday almost 8mm of rainwater fell in Belfast, 10.8mm fell in Helen's Bay and 7mm fell in Killylane.

However, those were arid conditions compared to Saturday, when Ballypatrick Forest in Co Antrim recorded the most rainfall in the UK – 40.8mm fell in six hours.

Mr Seltzer said Northern Ireland should get some respite from the thunderstorms today when it will dry up with only a few isolated showers. "There's an 80% chance (we) won't see any showers," he said.

However, it is to turn cloudy again tomorrow with a good chance of showers during the day which will dry up overnight.

The recent thunderstorms were due to a depression moving north across Scotland which introduced an unstable air mass to Northern Ireland.

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