Derry weather: Met Office warns of heavy rain and localised flooding

Foyle Road
Foyle Road

The Met Office have issued a warning that more heavy rain is on the way and warned of localised flooding.

The yellow ‘ be aware’ weather alert was issued this morning for the whole of the north with the west expected to be hardest hit.

“Further outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, will affect Northern Ireland this afternoon and evening. The public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding,” the Met Office say.

“A complex area of low pressure moving across Ireland today will bring further outbreaks of rain, perhaps accompanied by thunder, across Northern Ireland this afternoon and evening. Rain is expected to be heavy at times with some local downpours possible.

“Overall totals between 20 and 40 mm in 3 to 6 hours are possible, although some areas will receive less than this. The heaviest rain is expected to be over western regions this afternoon and then over eastern regions this evening.”

It’s been the question on everybody’s lips this summer, ‘When is the sun coming?’ - and the five day forecast indicates some sun may be on the way.

Flooding in the Bogside in July

Flooding in the Bogside in July

However, temperatures are still only hitting 16°C and the ‘feels like’ temperature which takes into consideration the wind chill factor, means it will generally only feel like 14°C.

It’s a bitter pill to swallow for many parents as their children are on their summer holidays and unable to get outside.

And for those wanting to holiday at home, it’s certainly not the temperatures they were hoping for.

Looking ahead, Thursday should be the driest day of the week, with rain unlikely and temperatures hitting 17°C - and the sunshine due to make an appearance.

The weekend forecast is showing bright or sunny spells and a scattering of showers on Friday with patchy rain pushing in from the west later on Saturday. Occasional rain on Sunday, mainly in the west.

For anyone travelling to Limavady to the Stendhal Festival of Art at the weekend, the weekend looks mostly dry with just the odd spot of rain, but temperatures won’t rise above 15°C with the ‘feels like’ temperature a cool 14°C for August - so plenty of layers and welly boots are still advisable.

The Met Office says that this year saw the coldest July since 1993, with temperatures averaging 13.4C - and anyone who suffered from the flooding in early July will not be surprised to hear the official statistics.

A Met Office spokeswoman said there was also above expected rainfall, 137 per cent of the average, with 110.4mm.

But the woes did not end there, with below normal sunshine, only 80 per cent of the average – 112 hours.

The Met Office spokeswoman explained the cause.

“The jet stream, which is a fast-moving ribbon of air high in the atmosphere, was a little further south than normal,” she said. “In the summer, it often moves to the north of the UK, meaning the UK is on the warm side of the jet. This July, it was often moving across the northern half of the UK, acting like a conveyor belt, bringing low pressure systems and therefore more unsettled weather.”