Wetter and windier weather followed by a cold snap

After Thursday’s stormy conditions, Friday brought a brief window of calmer weather, but with more wind and rain on the way.

From Sunday, the weather will become much colder as the Arctic air current is formed.

This will bring frost, ice and some snow.

A yellow level weather warning was issued by the Met Office on Saturday for strong winds and locally heavy rain for much of Northern Ireland.

It takes effect from Saturday 14:00 GMT to Sunday 03:00 GMT.

In open areas, especially in coastal areas, winds can blow close to 60 miles (96 km) for a time, especially on Saturday evening.

These values ​​are similar to the torrential rains experienced in some areas on Thursday afternoon.

In addition, torrential rains will become particularly heavy and continuous in the north and east, with 20-30mm of rain falling in three to six hours, most likely by evening, and high ground in the northeast likely to see 40-50mm.

The ground is saturated and already flooded in some places, and slopes can easily be flooded.

High winds toppled trees in Northern Ireland on Thursday, including McKinstry Road near Lisburn and Royal Oak Road near Enniskillen.

A strong wind warning was issued from Thursday afternoon until the early hours of Friday.

NIE said there was “low level damage” to the power grid, with some customers experiencing power outages as a result.

A number of roads were closed on Friday, but have since reopened.

Widespread winds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) during the night were forecast, with gusts of up to 115 km/h (70 mph) on exposed coasts and hills.

There were also heavy and stormy downpours that caused difficult driving conditions.

Met Éireann has issued a yellow strong wind warning for Donegal from Saturday.

The Irish weather service warned that there would be “strong gusts” which could lead to dangerous conditions near the coast and on any high ground.

After this rainy and windy weather, Sunday will get even colder.

The resulting showers will initially begin to fall as sleet and snow on high ground, but low levels of winter showers may also develop through Sunday evening.

The defrosters are ready on Monday morning as there will be frost and ice after Sunday night temperatures drop as low as -4C or -5C (24F or 23C).

This cold weather is expected to linger for at least the first half of next week.

The weather will not be as rainy as in the last days, but it will feel very cold and the incoming showers will fall as sleet and snow.

Daytime temperatures will struggle to rise above two or three degrees and sharp frost is expected during the night.

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