Belfast Telegraph

Winter storms keep raging in Northern Ireland

Thousands of people woke to another day of flooded roads, driving rain and blustery wind yesterday as storms continued to batter Northern Ireland.

Rush hour traffic was disrupted as drains and fields failed to cope with the level of rain.

In Belfast motorists faced driving on roads which could barely be seen under the water, with reports of flooding on some of the main arterial routes into the city. The Knock Road, Braniel estate, Sydenham bypass and Lisburn Road were all affected.

Flooding also occurred in Dondonald, where Rivers Agency staff were called out to deal with overflowing on the Dunleady Road.

A spokeswoman said they had dealt with a number of incidents yesterday morning.

“Rivers Agency staff were engaged at several locations this morning where flooding threatened,” she said.

“Conditions have improved significantly and staff will continue to inspect and clear grilles of debris which has been deposited by high flows.”

Roads Service had a similarly busy day, dealing with localised flooding across Antrim and Down throughout the morning.

In Moira the Clarehill Road and Bridge Road were closed in the afternoon after the River Lagan burst its banks.

However, the weather eased throughout the day.

Forecasters predicted temperatures to drop to around 2C degrees overnight, with patches of mist and fog. Once those patches clear away this morning, we are hopefully in for a reasonably nice day.

This afternoon, however, could see some rain coming up from the south. This is due to continue into the night and possibly into tomorrow morning as well.

But the upside to all the rain is that it’s keeping the temperatures slightly above average for this time of year. Forecasters predict today’s temperatures to stay around the 8C to 10C degrees mark. The average for November is 8.8C degrees.

The weekend should see temperatures drop slightly and only a few showers are predicted — good news for all those hoping to start their Christmas shopping.

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