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February Northern Ireland's wettest month ever... and more rain's on way


Walkers battle with wind and rain in Belfast during Storm Ciara

Walkers battle with wind and rain in Belfast during Storm Ciara

Walkers battle with wind and rain in Belfast during Storm Ciara

It's not over just yet, but February is the wettest month ever in Northern Ireland since records began, according to weather experts.

Met Office figures show that the total rainfall between February 1 and 25 was 195.1mm.

With an average monthly total of 83.5mm at the Met Office's 20 measuring points across the country, this was 234% of the typical average February rainfall.

Northern Ireland's previous wettest February was in 1990, when an average of 194.4mm of rain fell.

Prior to that the record dated back as far as 1923, when an average of 178.3mm was recorded.

Rainfall in some western areas of Northern Ireland in February was approximately 160% of the monthly average.

Counties Fermanagh and Tyrone were the wettest parts of the province, with Co Down seeing the least amount of rainfall.

Despite the heavy deluges, temperature-wise Northern Ireland enjoyed a fairly mild month, with an average daily maximum reading of 7.8C.

The average monthly maximum temperature for the province is 7.4C.

The Department for Infrastructure said "significant" rainfall in recent weeks left water levels higher than normal in lakes and watercourses.

Water levels in Lough Neagh are currently at the highest since the south shore flooded four years ago, causing extensive damage.

Business owners voiced anger at "poor management" of the lough after more flooding this week. They said the Department for Infrastructure should be lowering the lough in late October or early November ahead of storms and heavy rainfall.

The latest weather data comes as forecasters warn of more bad weather set to hit Northern Ireland this weekend.

Storm Jorge will bring heavy rainfall and wind speeds of up to 50mph, with the risk of flooding once again very likely.

The worst of the wind and rain will come on tomorrow afternoon and into the evening.

There is also a threat of some snow on Sunday which may fall as sleet.

Belfast Telegraph