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Storm Hannah set to bring an ‘incredible’ fall in temperatures

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Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Northern Ireland may have enjoyed record-breaking Easter temperatures, but the coming days will see a return to chillier weather.

Last Saturday the highest temperature of the year so far (22.3C) was recorded in Armagh.

Anyone hoping for more of the same this weekend, however, will be sadly disappointed.

Heavy rain and brisk winds will dominate today and most of Saturday.

However, Northern Ireland looks set to miss the worst of Storm Hannah, which is expected to bring winds of up to 80mph to the Republic.

The low-pressure weather system, which was named by Met Eireann yesterday, is expected to bring gales to southern parts of Ireland and the UK over the next 24 hours.

The Irish weather service issued a status orange advisory for counties Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick, warning of the weather "becoming stormy on Friday evening and overnight as Storm Hannah moves in", bringing gusts of 110 to 130km/h.

The warning is in place from 4pm today until 5am tomorrow.

While Northern Ireland looks likely to miss the worst of the weather, conditions here will still be nothing like the Mediterranean temperatures that drew crowds to beaches around our coastline over Easter.

It is predicted that Hannah - the fourth named storm in the UK and Ireland this year after Erik, Freya and Gareth - will lead to a much cooler Saturday in contrast to the recent hot and sunny Bank Holiday weekend.

Highs of just 13C are expected tomorrow - almost 10C lower than experienced during the record-breaking Easter warm spell.

Met office meteorologist Alex Deakin said "It will be such a shock when you compare it to last Saturday.

"Some places could be 15C lower than last Saturday. It's incredible, really.

"Some places through Saturday may be struggling in the single figures, while last Saturday we were in the mid 20s. It's going to be a much colder feel, and that's temperatures on the thermometer.

"When you add on the strength of the wind on Saturday, it's going to feel more like January at times, especially compared to last weekend, when it felt like summer."

Met Eireann forecasters are predicting "very disturbed and unsettled" weather conditions, with the potential for storms in the south-west of Ireland today.

The Irish meteorological service warned: "With many trees now in leaf, this system has the potential to result in trees down, leading to power outages and dangerous driving conditions."

A Met Office spokesman said that by the "close of play" tomorrow evening the centre of the low-pressure system should have moved on to the Netherlands, meaning the windy and stormy conditions will ease.

Temperatures around Northern Ireland should rise to the mid-teens by the middle of next week, with just light winds and sunny spells.

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