Northern Ireland on Friday is enjoying unseasonably warm weather, but warnings are in place for the after effects of Hurricane Ophelia set to hit early next week.

Temperatures on Friday will reach as high as 17 degrees, with patches of heavy rain clearing this afternoon.

The milder weather will continue into Sunday, before a serious change on Monday when ex-Hurricane Ophelia hits the province.

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office will take effect at 8am on Monday morning and will remain in place through until Tuesday afternoon.

Ophelia had first been classified as a tropical storm, then a hurricane as it made its way across the Atlantic Ocean, and will be downgraded to a storm by the time it reaches the UK.


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The warning for next Tuesday will remain in place until 6pm, with the public advised to expect “very windy weather”.

There is a “slight chance” that power cuts may happen, and other services like mobile phone coverage may be impacted.

Commuters can also expect possible delays on road, rail, air and ferry services, and the possibility that some roads and bridges might be closed.

The same warning is in place for Monday, with the Met Office also warning of a “slight chance” of damage to buildings, like tiles falling from roofs.

The public are advised that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.

There is also a chance that injuries could occur from beach materials being thrown onto sea fronts.

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