WEATHER WARNING: Heavy and persistent rain set to hit Derry

The Met Office has today issued a yellow rain warning for parts of the North of Ireland.

Tuesday, 13th March 2018, 1:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th March 2018, 2:44 pm
Heavy rainfall

The alert says counties Derry, Antrim, Armagh, Down and Tyrone are likely to be effected from noon on Wednesday to noon on Thursday.

The forecaster said ‘strong southeast winds will bring a period of persistent, occasionally heavy rain’.

The warning reads: “Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible while some flooding of roads may result in longer journey times and disruption to bus and rail services.

“The southeast winds may also prove an additional hazard with delays for high sided vehicles on exposed routes and delays to air and ferry transport.”

The chief forecaster said: “An area of rain will push into Northern Ireland from the southwest on Wednesday before slowly clearing northeastwards on Thursday morning.

“The heaviest and most persistent rain is likely over the Mourne and Sperrin mountains where 50 mm of rain may be seen. Elsewhere 15-25 mm of rain is likely. Coastal gales are also likely, particularly along exposed southeast facing coasts.”