Yellow weather warning issued for parts of Northern Ireland as thunderstorm to roll in

The Met Office has this evening issued a Yellow Weather warning for parts of Northern Ireland.

It said people should plan and prepare for heavy rain, with a risk of thunderstorms which may bring disruption tonight and into Monday morning, May 27. The weather warning is in place from 6pm until 3am.

The storm looks likely to hit the west of the region with south Derry, Armagh, Fermanagh Tyrone and south Down most likely to be impacted.

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The Met Office issued the following advice: “A band of heavy rain with a few thunderstorms is making slow northward progress out of the Republic of Ireland, and is likely to continue north to bring spells of rain, heavy at times with a risk of thunder, to the south and west of Northern Ireland.

“Around 10mm to 15mm of rain could fall in less than a hour, with the risk of 25mm to 35mm in two to three hours in a few places.”

Forecaster Kathryn Chalk said: “There could be some disruption, especially for people travelling or out trying to enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

“So I’d say definitely keep an eye out on that. Some areas may also see a few heavy downpours, perhaps even the odd rumble of thunder as well. It’s just a more unsettled weather regime where the air’s unstable and with more heating in the land it helps develop a storm.” Saturday was dry and warm for many.

A mix of “sunshine and showers” will be the case for many on bank holiday Monday, with drier conditions possible in parts.

What to Expect

  • There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus

  • Probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes

  • Some flooding of a few homes and businesses possible, leading to some damage to buildings or structures

  • Delays to train services are possible

  • Some short term loss of power and other services is likely

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