Thunder and rain expected as Met Office issues warning

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Thunder and heavy rain are expected to hit Northern Ireland this afternoon.

A Met Office yellow warning is in place from 1pm today until 9pm tomorrow night, with the forecast warning of localised flooding.

“Heavy, thundery showers are expected to break out this afternoon over central and western parts of Northern Ireland and western parts of Wales,” the Met Office said.

“Whilst many will miss the worst, rain will be locally torrential, with the risk of hail. Please be aware of the risk of localised flooding.”

“Warm, moist, unstable air from the continent will allow thunderstorms to develop as temperatures rise today, bringing the potential for 25 mm of rain in an hour, and the risk of more than 40 mm in a few hours.”

The rain warning is in stark contrast to the sunshine and warm temperatures of recent days.

Temperatures are expected to remain high despite the rain and showers are expected to continue right up to the weekend.

The highest temperature recorded in NI over the weekend was 24.5 °C in the Giant’s Causeway; the lowest was 19.9 °C in Murlough Co. Down.

The highest temperature ever recorded in NI was 30.8 °C Knockarevan in Co. Fermanagh on June 30, 1976 and also at Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast on July 12, 1983.

You can get more info at www.metoffice.gov.uk