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Weekend washout as Met Office issue yellow weather warning for thunderstorms

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It’s set to be a weekend washout across county Armagh with the Met Office issuing yellow weather warnings for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The rain will pelt it down most of Friday and is unlikely to ease up until early on Sunday morning.

Forecasters expect this heavy band of rain to bring significant disruption across the county and indeed, the whole of the UK.

The sandbags will need to be at the ready as the flooding could affect thousands of homes and businesses, as it has in previous years.

On Saturday, slow-moving heavy, thundery showers will produce torrential downpours which again will not help matters given the previous 24 hours of rainfall and the problems that will cause. The worst of the downpours will occur in the morning, around 10am.

A Met Office spokesperson said there is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life, however, people are being urged to exercise caution.

Trains and bus services could be affected by the lightning on Saturday so commuters are advised to make extra time for their journeys, or avoid travelling unless necessary.

The warnings are in place until 6am on Sunday morning, however, temperatures will dip as low as 14 throughout Sunday, making it feel more like Autumn.

August could be one of the wettest months on record, if the weather continues as it is over the next few weeks.

Next week – and as far as forecasts can reasonably predict – looks set to be a complete washout!

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