Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland weather warning issued for start of working week

The Met Office has in place a weather warning for the start of the week in Northern Ireland.

A yellow warning for wind will come into effect just after 12am on Monday for the entire day mainly affecting parts of counties Antrim, Down and Londonderry.

Disruption to travel and power supplies are likely.

"Some bus and train journeys may be affected with some journeys taking longer," The Met Office said.

"Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are likely. Some short term interruptions to power supplies are possible."

Frequent showers are expected in the morning, becoming less widespread in the afternoon with some bright or sunny spells developing. Windy with early gales in the east. Feeling rather cold with a maximum temperature 15 °C.

Meanwhile bookies have cut the odds on this month being the wettest October on record.

The UK is on course for an unsettled spell as the month begins with heavy rain and strong to gale force winds resulting in forecasters issuing severe weather warnings.

People are urged to keep an eye on the forecast as the weather is being influenced by what is left of tropical systems Lee and Maria in the Atlantic.

Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on it being the wettest October on record to 2-1 from 4-1 following a flurry of bets on Sunday morning.

The firm is also offering 5-2 for there to be snowfall in October, with spokesman John Hill saying: "Punters are expecting a damp outlook ahead over the next few weeks as we have seen a flurry of bets for this month to be the wettest October on record where the odds have been slashed following a strong gamble.

"With the tail ends of hurricanes Lee and Maria still being felt, we have also cut the odds on the wind speed to reach as high as 100mph over the next seven days."

Laura Paterson, operational chief meteorologist at the Met Office, explained how the remnants of Lee and Maria may affect the weather towards the end of the weekend and into the beginning of the week.

"Although both systems will be much weaker by the time they enter the UK's latitudes, the heat and moisture from ex-Lee will give a 'boost' to another developing area of low pressure further north, bringing some heavy rain and strong winds for many northern and western parts of the UK on Sunday.

"Meanwhile, the remnants of Maria may bring some rain across southern parts of the UK later on Monday," she said.

The Met Office said it is important to stress that any weather impacts will be very different from those experienced in the Caribbean.

Forecasters also added that once these areas of low pressure clear away eastwards, the weather is likely to become more settled with many places seeing some periods of dry, bright weather next week.

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