The Met Office has warned that Northern Ireland is about to be hit by an “unseasonable” blustery storm, bringing heavy rains, large waves and the potential for damaging 70mph winds.
Issuing a severe weather warning for Monday and Tuesday, meteorologists said that a “powerful jet stream” was pushing extreme weather systems across the UK that were decidedly unusual for the start of summer.
English Channel and Irish Sea coasts were warned to expect gusts of up to 70mph, while everywhere but the northern-most tip of Scotland was predicted to experience strong winds of up to 50mph.
The Met Office said the storm front could bring up to 40mm of rain to some northern and western areas on Monday night – around two-thirds of the entire June average for the UK.
It said the windy weather would persist well into Tuesday because of a further system crossing northern Scotland, but added that the developments remain uncertain.
“Given the unseasonable nature of the winds, the public should be aware of the potential for disruption to transport and outdoor activities,” a statement warned.
“Damage to some trees seems likely,” it added.
The bad weather is expected to clear from Wednesday, however, when showers will die out with some sunnier periods.
Thursday will turn cloudy and breezy with some rain later. Friday is to be bright and breezy with scattered showers.
Meanwhile Britain will experience much hotter weather, with even parts of Scotland seeing the mercury hit 25C.