Storm Katie to miss Northern Ireland but a rainy Easter weekend expected
Storm Katie is expected to just miss Northern Ireland this Easter weekend, however rain and winds forecast have been forecast.
Britain is set to be battered by a storm bringing strong winds and the threat of disruption to the end of the Easter weekend.
Storm Katie is set to hit on Easter Monday with gales of up to 70mph, the Met Office said, bringing a risk of "fallen trees and disruption to power supplies" leading to travel disruption.
A national severe weather warning for strong winds has been issued for Monday, with southern England and South Wales likely to bear the brunt.
The weather warning does not include Northern Ireland at this stage, but Frank Saunders, the Met Office chief operational meteorologist, said there was "currently some uncertainty about the track that Storm Katie will take".
He said: "Southern England and south Wales will see very strong winds from the early hours of Monday morning.
"There is the potential for gusts of 50-60mph in inland areas. Exposed south and west-facing coasts could even see gusts of around 70mph, with the possibility of large waves.
"We expect the winds will start to ease in south-western Britain from mid morning, this improvement reaching other areas by late afternoon or early evening."
The Met Office has forecast a wet Good Friday evening in Northern Ireland.
Saturday is expected to be brighter with showers.
There is expected to be some persistent rain at first in Northern Ireland on Saturday morning, however this will clear for bright or sunny intervals and some heavy showers in the afternoon. Strong winds easing, but gales possible in the north in evening. Maximum Temperature 11 °C.
Meanwhile hail, thunder and heavy showers are expected on Sunday, with Monday and Tuesday to remain wet across Northern Ireland.