Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Weather chaos: Dublin floods, London bakes but Belfast’s just grey

Battling though floods in Dublin
Battling though floods in Dublin
Battling though floods in Dublin
Battling though floods in Dublin
Fariba Naseri, 34 (left) and Haleh Khah, 34, enjoy the sunshine on Primrose Hill, London.
People enjoy the sunshine yesterday in the grounds of Belfast City Hall.
Youths swim in Pickmere Lake to cool off as temperatures soar in Pickmere near Knutsford, England
Girls have a water fight in the Serpentine lake in London's Hyde Park during the heatwave
Laura Lopez from London enjoys the sunshine on Primrose Hill, London
Student Danielle Morelli from Portstewart relaxing on the beach at West Strand in Portrush
The glorious weather had sun seekers out in force at Belfast City Hall
Katie from Antrim relaxes in the beach in Portstewart during the good June weather. Pacemaker Press
Amy Donaghy and Mary Ellen Donaghy enjoy the sunshine in Botanic Gardens
Spectators enjoying the sunshine during the Royal Ballet's performance live on the big screen in Botanic Gardens organised by Belfast City Council
Taylor Payne and Ruth Woodard from the United States in Botanic Gardens
Student Claire McLaughlin, from Ballymoney, relaxes at Portstewart Strand
A couple take a stroll at Portstewart Strand
Having a paddle at Portstewart Strand
With temperatures soaring to those more commonly seen in northern Spain than in Northern Ireland, local dairy company Dale Farm is offering free ice lollies and ice cream to the overheated. Model Jenny Curran kicks off the scorching campaign providing some much needed refreshment to the team from Morrow Contractors in Belfast
People enjoy the great weather during lunchtime at City Hall in Belfast
People enjoy their lunchtime in the grounds of City Hall in Belfast
People enjoy the great weather during lunch time at City Hall in Belfast
People enjoy the great weather during lunch time at City Hall in Belfast
People enjoy the great weather during lunch time at City Hall in Belfast
People enjoy the great weather during lunch time at the City Hall in Belfast as the sun had his hat on.Picture by IanTrevithick
Students enjoying the sun in Belfast
People soaking up the sun in Belfast
A workman cooling off in the blistering heatwave in Belfast
Suzanne Wright (left) and Ruth Wilson enjoying the blistering heatwave in Botanic Gardens in Belfast
Shoppers, workers and tourists soaking up the sun at Belfast's City Hall
A man strips off and soaks up the sun against an electronic recycling sculpture at Belfast's City Hall
Melanie Gardner pictured cycling around Belfast's Albert Clock area enjoy a refreshing cool down from the hot temperatures in the city
Kids cooling down in the blistering heatwave by running through a burst fire hydrant in west Belfast
Glenn Norwood with his family, Helena, Cameron (10) and Zach (5) on a picnic at Stormont Park
The grounds of Belfast's City Hall pictured from the Big Wheel during Northern Ireland's Mini heat wave.
The grounds of Belfast's City Hall pictured from the Big Wheel during Northern Ireland's Mini heat wave.
The grounds of Belfast's City Hall pictured from the Big Wheel during Northern Ireland's Mini heat wave.
Sarah Harrison and Dre Ali pictured at Belfast's City Hall enjoying the sun during Northern Ireland's Mini heat wave
Cooling down at Custom House Square in Belfast
Cooling down at Custom House Square in Belfast
Cooling down at Custom House Square in Belfast
Cooling down at Custom House Square in Belfast
Botanic Gardens, Belfast
BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: A man sits in the shade of the pier on June 1, 2009 in Brighton, England. The United Kingdom is enjoying a blisteringly hot start to the summer with temperatures reaching as high as 25 centigrade in London. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Kim Moffat from Ballymena at Portstewart Beach
BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: A woman and her child look out to sea on June 1, 2009 in Brighton, England. The United Kingdom is enjoying a blisteringly hot start to the summer with temperatures reaching as high as 25 centigrade in London. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Nicola Porter relaxes on the banks of the River Foyle with a cool drink
BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: A couple enjoy the sun on June 1, 2009 in Brighton, England. The United Kingdom is enjoying a blisteringly hot start to the summer with temperatures reaching as high as 25 centigrade in London. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Sarah Jane Quinn from Cookstown relaxes in the sand at Portstewart Beach
BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Youths splash each other in the sea on June 1, 2009 in Brighton, England. The United Kingdom is enjoying a blisteringly hot start to the summer with temperatures reaching as high as 25 centigrade in London. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Jayne Armstrong from Belfast enjoys the great weather at Portstewart Beach
LONDON - JUNE 01: A woman feeds a Grey Squirrel in the sunshine in St James's Park on June 1, 2009 in London, England. The spell of warm weather is set to continue across the country all week according to the Met office. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Gail Churape of Chewelah, Wash., and her grandson, Harper Sol, (2) of Spokane, get close for a snapshot of turtle soaking up the sun on the north-side of Manito Park, in Spokane, on Monday, June 1, 2009. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle)
A cat relaxes in the morning sun on a terrace near Kiel, northern Germany, as temperatures reach 18 degrees Celsius (64.4 Fahrenheit) on Monday morning, June 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)
A couple and their dog relax at the beach of Heidkate at the Baltic Sea, northern Germany, as temperatures reach 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)
A couple and their dog relax at the beach of Heidkate at the Baltic Sea, northern Germany, as temperatures reach 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday, June 2, 2009.
Ein Mann und ein Junge spazieren am Dienstag, 2. Juni 2009, bei Temperaturen um die 22 Grad Celsius am Strand von Laboe an der Ostsee. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper) --- A man and a boy stroll along the beach of Laboe at the Baltic Sea, northern Germany, as temperatures reach 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)
Lauren Shaw, 20, enjoys the good weather at Belfast City hall
Lyndsay Scott and Lauren Shaw enjoy the good weather at Belfast City Hall
Nicola Mowbray, 17, enjoys the good weather at Belfast City Hall
People enjoy the good weather in Botanic Gardens, Belfast
A girl enjoys the good weather in Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Left to right. Rachel Cave, Laura Frey and Johanna Shaw in Botanic Gardens, Belfast
A lone surfer enjoys the last waves of the day as the sun sets in Woolacombe, North Devon, on Sunday 31st May
People enjoy the sun on Blackpool beach, as as the warm weather continues in the UK
Julie Spark (left) and Jemma Newsham enjoy the sun on Blackpool beach
Julie Spark (left) and Jemma Newsham enjoy the sun on Blackpool beach
Jemma Newsham enjoys the sun on Blackpool beach
Three sun seekers join thousands of spectators on Salthill beach as they watch the pro-am inshore racing event on the second weekend of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway
People enjoy the warm weather in Clapham Common, London
People enjoy the warm weather in Clapham Common, London
School graduates splash in a fountain enjoying the warm weather as they celebrate their last day at school in Kiev, Ukraine
School graduates splash in a fountain enjoying the warm weather as they celebrate their last day at school in Kiev, Ukraine

The Republic battled monsoon conditions overnight as England basked in what was expected to be the hottest day of the year, while areas of Northern Ireland were also badly hit by the deluge.

In the cities, Dublin was badly hit by flooding while London baked in the continuing heat. Earlier today Belfast remained grey but dry.

While severe weather warnings were issued across Northern Ireland, patients were evacuated from a north Dublin hospital after the roof partially collapsed, and elsewhere in the city 20 people had to be taken to safety.

Visits to Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn were suspended after one of the visiting halls was flooded. Coastal areas of the Republic were flooded including some of the Dart lines after 15 days’ worth of rain fell in one hour and the city council warned people not to make journeys until the situation normalises.

There were massive tailbacks on parts of the M1 and M50 motorways in the south and several major routes on both sides of the city were impassable. While flights went ahead as normal, Dublin Airport warned passengers to leave plenty of time for their journeys, as many roads in the area were flooded.

Dublin’s Fire Brigade said every available member was out overnight fighting the flood water’s advances.

“Every fire tender, the whole lot, were out during the night. It seemed to be bad everywhere. With everyone out, we must have got another 100 calls,” a staff member said.

Meanwhile, across the water the heatwave alert was heightened as forecasters predicted the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures of up to 33C in some parts, while other regions of England were hit by torrential rain and thunderstorms. Up to 500 lightning strikes were recorded across Tyne and Wear and Cumbria.

Severe weather warnings were issued by the Met Office for parts of Northern Ireland, but were soon extended to all counties.

The Prison Service said one of the visits halls in Maghaberry Prison had been flooded due to severe rainfall and visits would be rearranged.

“For health and safety reasons the Prison Service has decided to temporarily close the hall for urgent remedial work to be carried out. At present the visits area is working at 50% capacity. The hall will remain closed until further notice,” a spokesman said.

“The Prison Service is actively contacting those visitors who will be affected by the flooding in order to re-arrange their appointment. If members of the public would like further information, they can phone the booking office in Maghaberry on 028 9261 7070.”

Forecasters warned that Counties Antrim, Armagh, Londonderry and Down would be hit by heavy and thundery rain throughout the morning, with 15mm of rain possible in a three-hour period and total accumulations reaching as much as 30mm — almost half a month’s worth of rain.

There was a similar picture for counties Fermanagh and Tyrone, extending into the afternoon.

”The public are advised to take extra care and refer to the NI River Agency for further advice on flooding and to TrafficWatch (NI) for further advice on road conditions,” the Met Office said.

As the torrential rain swept north, motorists were warned to watch for localised flooding.

This morning police said the southbound lane A1 road south of Dromore had been closed due to flooding at the Maypole junction\[Tim Webb\] area and motorists were advised to seek an alternative rout.

The Moira Road at Lisburn was said to be passable with care and motorists reported that some roads in the Ballymena were treacherous with surface water.\[Chris Cairns\] A broken down lorry was causing some delays on the M1 at Sprucefield.

Meteogroup forecaster Gemma Plumb said heavy thundery rain began to move up into Northern Ireland from the south from around 4am.

“At the minute it looks like that heavy showery rain will continue much of the day with thunderstorms in that,” she said.

“It’s going to clear for a time during the evening but is going to return during the second half of the night. The showery weather looks likely to continue for the first half of tomorrow but may not be as heavy and clearing in afternoon to leave the odd shower here and there.”

Overnight, the roof of the A&E department at the Mater Hospital in Dublin partially collapsed following severe rain in the city.

The roof of a house in Monkstown in Dublin collapsed and 20 people had to be evacuated from Sherard Street to a shelter in Wolftone Street because of the flooding.

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