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Weather woes Warning issued for five counties as 'persistent' rain may bring flooding and travel chaos

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People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

Arthur Carron

People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

A weather warning has been issued for five counties ahead of "persistent" rainfall.

Counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Tyrone and Derry have been placed under a Status Yellow alert by the UK Met Office.

A forecaster revealed that the deluge of "persistent" and sometimes heavy rain "may lead to some travel disruption and flooding."

The warning came into effect at 10.12am this morning and remains in place until 5pm this evening.

Meanwhile, the outlook for the rest of the country is not very promising either as coastal areas could see flooding and parts of the country will be lashed by strong winds.

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A forecaster said: "Showery outbreaks of rain gradually clearing Ulster with a risk of spot flooding in any heavy bursts. Generally drier elsewhere with scattered showers and some brighter spells, the best of these in southern and western counties.

"Turning very windy for a time this evening in Munster and west Connacht. Highest temperatures of 8 and 11 degrees in fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds."

There is also a risk of coastal flooding.

Monday will be a milder day with highs of 11 to 14 degrees but the risk of coastal flooding remains and it will continue to be breezy.

The national forecaster predicts an "unsettled" week ahead with a mild start but turning colder as the days pass.

Tuesday will see daytime highs of up 15 degrees however, temperatures will plunge to as low as a freezing two degrees on Wednesday night and there will be a risk of frost on Thursday night after a chilly day.

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