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NI Weather: A dry start with showers later

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Tuesday:

Tuesday morning will be dry and mainly cloudy with some brightness possible across the north for a time. Occasional rain will extend north through the day. It will be mild a day with a maximum temperature of 11 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Cloudy on Wednesday with some rain, drying up later. Rather cold northwesterly winds will bring a few showers on Thursday and Friday.

Yellow rain warning issued across NI

Forecasters say 20 to 40mm of rain could fall within 12 hours. A yellow warning has been issued from 3pm. Credit: UTV

The Met Office has issued a warning for heavy rain across Northern Ireland on Thursday.

The forecast suggest the rain will spread across all parts in the morning, becoming persistent and occasionally heavy in the afternoon.

A yellow warning is in place for all counties from 3pm until just before midnight.

The Met Office’s Chief forecaster said: “20 to 40mm of rain within 12 hours, perhaps nearer 60 mm over the Mournes, falling on already very wet ground, seems likely to lead to flooding of some prone locations.”

Forecasters say it is possible a “few properties or business could also be affected”.

The heavy downpours could also lead to travel disruption, including through the busy evening period.

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Power cuts affecting 21,000 across NI

A tree brought down an overhead line on the Upper Malone Road in Dunmurry. Credit: NIE

NIE says around 21,000 customers are without electricity across NI, after power was restored to 24,000 amid Storm Ophelia.

However the number of homes affected is expected to rise as strong winds gusting from 60mph to 70 mph continue to sweep the region.

Sara McClintock from the company said: "NIE Networks staff are continuing to respond to faults as they arise on the electricity network.

"We will be working into the night to do all that we can to restore electricity supplies to our customers as quickly and safely as we can."

Customers should call 03457 643 643 to report faults.

NI schools to remain closed on Tuesday due to storm

All schools in Northern Ireland are to remain closed for a second day due to Storm Ophelia, the Education Department has confirmed.

The decision was taken following a meeting of the Civil Contingencies Group, on the back of advice from the Met Office on "the prolonged nature and potential severity of the storm".

Further education colleges will also be shut for the day.

Derek Baker, permanent secretary, said: “I fully appreciate this decision will impact on the work of the schools and indeed on other businesses and services but the decision has been taken to avoid any potential risk to life for children and young people as well as staff.”

Some parents and teachers were left angry and frustrated because the announcement of Monday's closures came through late at night.

Tracey Magee reports on the lack of warning.

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