Warnings of heavy rain and severe gales

Forecasters say there is a risk of localised flooding.
Forecasters say there is a risk of localised flooding.

Meterologists have issued a severe weather warning which is anticipated to last until the early hours of Sunday morning.

The forecast says that: “Outbreaks of rain will become persistent and heavy at times from Friday evening and will last through Saturday, before clearing in the early hours of Sunday. The rain will be accompanied by gale or severe gale southwesterly winds, for which a separate warning has been issued. Please be aware of the risk of localised surface water and river flooding, as well as some disruption to transport.”

The weather front will be slow moving across Northern Ireland and will bring a lengthy spell of rain and strong winds. Rainfall totals of 25-40 mm are expected quite widely within the warning area, with more than 60 mm possible over the hills in the west. Given saturated conditions and high river levels, some localised flooding is likely.