Belfast Telegraph

Weather warning as Northern Ireland braced for lashing rains and strong winds

By Brett Campbell

A yellow weather warning for heavy rain and strong winds across Northern Ireland remains in place until lunchtime today.

Some gusts reached gale force on Tuesday night with the strongest winds of 45mph around coastal areas.

Inland gusts reached 35mph which was enough to uproot weakened trees.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell warned that conditions could easily result in more falling trees.

"Over 40mm of rain will have fallen in some places by 12pm today and although winds will ease off it could still be breezy in places," he said.

"The over-saturated ground, coupled with previous spells of bad weather, could result in trees falling over quite easily." He added: "Morning rush-hour will be tricky for many people as there will be a lot of water on the ground making driving conditions dangerous."

Spring is set to arrive in the afternoon, however, with temperatures returning to seasonal norms.

The band of heavy rain will move away to the north west by the afternoon which means skies will brighten up in most places as the day goes on.

"The evening rush-hour will be much less miserable than the morning rush," Mr Snell said.

"The moisture will dry quickly in the sunshine which could see temperatures reach 12 degrees in the west.

"It will feel quite pleasant everywhere with temperatures reaching seasonal averages of around 10 degrees."

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