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Keep the Mac handy, more showers for Northern Ireland on the way

By Sue Doherty

While we're unlikely to see a repeat of Tuesday's deluge, Northern Ireland can expect more showers later this week.

The morning rush hour stalled to a crawl in most areas on Tuesday, as drivers contended with heavy rains and lying water.

The Shore Road in Belfast was worst affected, with flooding near Fortwilliam. Travel was restricted to one lane for a time, resulting in long tailbacks.

John Wiley of the Met Office told the Belfast Telegraph that most areas saw an inch of rain or more overnight but the worst of the rain passed by lunchtime.

Looking ahead to the rest of the week, he predicted "changeable, unsettled spells, with better days here and there". It will warm up as the week goes on, with temperatures possibly reaching 20 degrees, but cooler weather will move in by the weekend.

"Unfortunately, this seems to be the pattern," he added, noting that June was wetter than average and dull, with only about 65% of the average amount of sunshine for the month.

"The good spell in the middle of the month fooled us into thinking it was better," he observed.

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General views of the Asda car park on the Shore road in Belfast which has parts of the car park under around eight inches of water. [Photo by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye 04/07/2017]

Looking at the week day by day, rains should ease off over the course of Tuesday, with just patchy light showers by evening.

Things will brighten up a bit for Wednesday, bringing a welcome respite for both golfers and spectators at the Irish Open in Portstewart.

Unfortunately, though, clouds will roll in and the outlook for Thursday is for heavy, possibly thundery showers early on in the day, clearing later.

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German cruise liner M/S Mein Schiff 4, which berthed at Belfast Docks early on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The ship can barely be seen seen due to rain. [Photo by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.]

Although it won't be as wet on Friday, we can still expect some rain.

"It won't be raining all the time by any means," Mr Wiley commented, "but there will be no real significant warmth as we head into the weekend. It will be breezy at times, especially along the north coast.

The best day of the week by far looks to be Saturday, which is predicted to be dry and bright with rain returning again on Sunday, the closing day of play at the Irish Open.

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General views of the Asda car park on the Shore road in Belfast which has parts of the car park under around eight inches of water. [Photo by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.]

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