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Tuesday 23 December 2014

It's like a Furnace out there! - Northern Ireland basks in searing summer heat and blue skies amid World Cup

Hottest place in Ireland was Furnace - at 27.1C

Weather Pictures SeaPark Hollywood - Chloe Russell and Megan Smith enjoy the weather at Seapark in Hollywood

Picture - Kevin Scott
Weather Pictures SeaPark Hollywood - Chloe Russell and Megan Smith enjoy the weather at Seapark in Hollywood Picture - Kevin Scott
Katy (left) and Niamh from Belfast enjoy the sun at Helen's Bay in Co Down yesterday
Weather Pictures SeaPark Hollywood - Max enjoys a refreshing ice-cream during the hot weather in Hollywood Picture - Kevin Scott
Weather Pictures SeaPark Hollywood - Chloe Russell and Megan Smith enjoy the weather at Seapark in Hollywood Picture - Kevin Scott
Weather Pictures SeaPark Hollywood - Max enjoys a refreshing ice-cream during the hot weather in Hollywood Picture - Kevin Scott
Weather Pictures SeaPark Hollywood - (L-R) Kareli Moor and Irene Moor walk their pugs Toby and Otto along the coast of Hollywood Picture - Kevin Scott
Weather Pictures SeaPark Hollywood - (L-R) Anna, Dorota, Hanna, Kamila and Liliana enjoy the good weather in Hollywood Picture - Kevin Scott
Weather Pictures SeaPark Hollywood - Toby the pug enjoys the good weather in Hollywood Picture - Kevin Scott
Weather Pictures SeaPark Hollywood - (L-R) Kareli Moor and Irene Moor walk their pugs Toby and Otto along the coast of Hollywood Picture - Kevin Scott
Two riders take their horses on a stroll through shimmering surf at White Rocks beach, Co Antrim
Isabel Webster and Eamonn Holmes at Royal Ascot
People enjoy their lunch at the City Hall in Belfast
18-month-old Rio Reilly cools down with an ice-cream
Some of the amazing hats on display on the first day of Royal Ascot
Some of the amazing hats on display on the first day of Royal Ascot
Good weather continues across Northern Ireland as people enjoy their lunch at the City Hall in Belfast. Pic Jonathan Porter/Presseye
Northern Ireland- 17th June 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather continues across Northern Ireland as people enjoy their lunch at the City Hall in Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 17th June 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather continues across Northern Ireland as people enjoy their lunch at the City Hall in Belfast.
17th June 2014 Photo by William Cherry/Presseye People watch as the Blackford Dolphin oil rig which has been lighting up the Belfast night sky all winter was pulled out the city down Belfast Lough today (Tuesday) by tug boats. The oil rig was in Harland & Wolff shipyard from early December from Brazil for a 60-day refit.
Northern Ireland- 17th June 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather continues across Northern Ireland as people enjoy their lunch at the City Hall in Belfast. Rio Reilly(1&1/2) from Belfast cools down with an ice-cream at the City Hall.
Northern Ireland- 17th June 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather continues across Northern Ireland as people enjoy their lunch at the City Hall in Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 17th June 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather continues across Northern Ireland as people enjoy their lunch at the City Hall in Belfast.
Pacemaker Press 17/6/2014 Onlookers watch The giant Blackford Dolphin oil rig leaving Belfast after six months dominating the city's skyline. The 260ft rig, which sailed into the harbour last year , will be heading back to Norway after her multi-million pound refit at Harland & Wolff, which employed around 400 workers on the project Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
FLASHBACK TO 2013 Whiterocks beach on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Pacemaker Press 8/7/2012 From L-R John Lennox, Kirsty McMurray, Chloe Clendinning, Ashley Jones, Thomas Pentland and Janet Martin enjoy the sunny weather at the Beach in Helen's Bay in Co Down , as hot spells hit across Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Strolling along in the sunshine at Whiterocks beach on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
A person jumps into the sea, at Carnlogh harbour in County Antrim, as the warm weather continues across the province. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 11, 2013. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Pacemaker Press Belfast 8-07-2013: Hot Weather Hits Northern Ireland. Alex McDonnell pictured at Belfast City Hall enjoying a ice cream in the sun. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Presseye Northern Ireland - 08th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Rachel Bogie at the funfair on Bangor seafront as the summer sun gets into full swing at the North Coast.
Emma Morrison, and little Evie Millar, from Ballymena take in the sun at Portstewart beach on Monday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Lindy Roden, leads the way with Jack and Patrick Heron at Portstewart Beach on Wednesday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Friends Bethany Mc Clean, and Hannah Moore, lap up the sun in Portstewart Beach.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Northern Ireland- 14th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland as temperatures reach a 30-year- high. People relax and enjoy the sun in the ground of the City Hall in Belfast.
Surfing along at Whiterocks beach on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Pacemaker Press 8/7/2012 Kirsty McMurray and Ashley Jones enjoy the sunny weather at the Beach in Helen's Bay in Co Down , as hot spells hit across Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 8/7/2012 Josephine McAllister and Kirsty McClean cool down in the water fountain in Belfast City Centre , as hot spells hit across Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 8/7/2012 Eniko Kovacs splashes around during the sunny weather at the Beach in Helen's Bay in Co Down , as hot spells hit across Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland- 9th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland as temperatures reach a 30-year- high. Left to right. Gail Whyte from Belfast and Rebecca Woods from Loughgall enjoy the sun as they relax on Helen's Bay beach in Co. Down
Pacemaker Press 8/7/2012 From L-R Eniko Kovacs, Andrea Zemen and Gabriella Parozi enjoying the weather at Helen's Bay in Co Down , as hot spells hit across Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 8/7/2012 From L-R Gabriella Parozi, Eniko Kovacs and Andrea Zemen enjoying the weather at Helen's Bay in Co Down , as hot spells hit across Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Weather picture. Helens Bay in Co.Down where temperatures soared at the weekend attracting hundreds of people to the beach. From Lisburn are 18 year olds Bronagh Walsh and Victoria Sanders. Picture Mark McCormick. 06/07/13
Northern Ireland- 9th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland as temperatures reach a 30-year- high. Left to right. Sandra, Claire, Alison, Rich, Benjamin, Kelly take advantage from of their lunch hour from Urban outfitters to relax grounds of the City Hall in Belfast.
Pacemaker Press 9/7/2012 Elephants get cooled down with water at Belfast Zoo as the hot weather hits across Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland- 9th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland as temperatures reach a 30-year- high. A police patrol at Helen's Bay in Co. Down.
Northern Ireland- 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland as temperatures reach a 30-year- high. Five-year-old Mia Totten from Bangor cools down in the sea at Groomsport beach in Co. Down.
Northern Ireland- 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland as temperatures reach a 30-year- high. Left to right. Scott Irwin(13) with his sister Rachel(5) and brother Ben(10) from Bangor enjoy some bodyboarding at Ballyholme Beach in Co. Down.
Weather picture. Helens Bay in Co.Down where temperatures soared at the weekend attracting hundreds of people to the beach. From Lisburn are 18 year olds Bronagh Walsh and Victoria Sanders. Picture Mark McCormick. 06/07/13
Northern Ireland- 9th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland as temperatures reach a 30-year- high. Left to right. Jonny Rowan, Eddie Cavanagh and Matthew Webb from Belfast play volleyball on the beach at Helen's Bay.
Northern Ireland- 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland as temperatures reach a 30-year- high. Two-year-old Eden Polley from Bangor cools down in the sea at Groomsport beach in Co. Down.
Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. having fun in the sun at Helen's Bay Beach yesterday are Bethany McBride, back, and Tori Paul, from Ballysillan.
Northern Ireland- 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland as temperatures reach a 30-year- high. Two-year-old Alicia Totten from Bangor enjoys an ice-cream at Groomsport beach in Co. Down.
PRESSEYE - Weather Portrush Beach - BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Image by Kelvin Boyes 9 Jun 2013
Chris Kirk and Jamie Lynn ejoying the weather in Drumglass park on the Lisburn Road yesterday
Sisters Sophie and Anna Lioe in Drumglass Park on the Lisburn Road in Belfast enjoying the weather yesterday
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. from left Jenna McCart, Linzi Thompson and Clare Tait enjoying the great weather yesterday at Helen's Bay Beach.
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. from left, Conor Hughes, Caoimhe Duggan, Cathy Schofield and brother Andrew.
07.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The weather yesterday finally got better as the sun shone in Belfast. Eimear Nelis a Student at Queen's University enjoying the sunshine in Botanic Gardens, Belfast
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. Splashing around at Helen's Bay Beach yesterday are from left, Otas Maraska, samantha Jarauskaite and Kamike Ganagaite, all from Portadown
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. Beach Babes...Dana keenan and son Patrick (6 months).
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. Bogdan Jarocinski and daughter Isabella Jarocinska (1)
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. James Adams and Zoe Brown from Belfast, soaking up the sun at Helen's Bay.
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. Beach Barbie...Marta Kukie and daughter Nadia (5) with dad Timucin Bayrak.
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. From left, Stacey Maxwell, son Jack Braniff (6 months) and dad James Braniff
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. Topping up theit tans at Helen's Bay yesterday are from left, Annie Jelley, Chelcie Owens and Violet Black.
Weather picture. Helens Bay in Co.Down where temperatures soared at the weekend attracting hundreds of people to the beach. Picture Mark McCormick. 06/07/13
Gay Pride parade Belfast. 06/07/13 Picture Mark McCormick
Gay Pride parade Belfast. 06/07/13 Picture Mark McCormick
Gay Pride parade Belfast. 06/07/13 Picture Mark McCormick
The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Friends Ben Scott, and Patrick White, from Coleraine enjoy a shower during the great spell of weather at the White Rocks in Portrush on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Fantastic weather for Northern Ireland for the next few days. Amy Hanna and dog Pip pictured in the grounds in Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Fantastic weather for Northern Ireland for the next few days. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Botanic Gardens - Weather Picture - Presseye - 9th June 2013 Rachel Anderson aged 7 and her sister Ella aged 5 enjoy the weather in Botanic Gardens yesterday.

Northern Ireland has once again been basking in searing heat and clear skies as the mercury rose into the mid-twenties on Tuesday.

Dozens of Belfast workers took to City Hall to soak up the lunchtime sun, while families across Northern Ireland flocked to the beach during yet another scorcher.

But it was the aptly-titled Furnace in Newport, Co Mayo which topped the mercury scale across Ireland - with toasty temperatures of 27C, warmer than most places on mainland Europe and even drawing with the home of the World Cup 2014, Brazil.  

The west of Ireland was the place to be this sunny Tuesday with Claremorris, Mayo basking in temperatures of 24C and Shannon in Clare experiencing highs of 25C.

Those holidaying in the Mediterranean hot-spots of Italy and Sicily experienced temperatures three degrees cooler than Ireland’s sunny spells, while those on mainland Europe only topped the scale at 22C.

And football fans keeping up with the soccer spectacle in Brazil could have closed their eyes and imagined they were on the beaches of Rio, as the home of the World Cup only equalised with our temperature and had to deal with high humidity and downpours as well.

However, not everyone is welcoming the recent toasty temperatures – as hay fever sufferers can expect extremely high pollen counts this week.

The main grass pollen season is in full swing so those prone to hay fever are being warned of the high to very high counts expected during good weather.

In particular, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday can expect invisible clouds of pollen to wreak havoc with the sinuses of those prone nationwide, Met Eireann reports. 

Over 25% of Europeans are plagued with the hay fever symptoms of runny noses, dripping eyes, irritated skin and exhaustion during the summer months.

Oonagh Griffin takes a break outside Belfast City Hall
Oonagh Griffin takes a break outside Belfast City Hall

Allergy expert Dr Paul Carson of Slievemore Clinic, Stillorgan advises hay fever sufferers to be prepared to treat symptoms as soon as possible.

“Hay fever affects Irish people predominantly during the summer months particularly in June and July,” Dr Carson told independent.ie.

“It irritates the nose lining first but then spreads from the nose lining into the sinuses and then begins to irritate the lining of the eyes.

“Some people will then become wheezy and people who have had childhood eczema may find that their healed skin becomes itchy and they’re irritating it again,” he continued.

The number of Irish hay fever sufferers is on the rise which Dr Carson contributes to a number of factors.

“Twenty years ago, what was maybe 10% of the population had allergies and now this has crept up to 15%. It’s now reckoned that 24% of the population have some type of allergy.

“Hay fever in particular though is on the increase probably due to genetics. Many of us inherit the genetic tendency to be allergic from our parents. Atmospheric pollution, particularly diesel fumes, the amount of chemicals that are in our diet and an over reliance on antibiotics in childhood all compromise the immune system,” he said.

Many seek relief from their local pharmacist prior to visiting their doctor, stocking up on over the counter antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops but a blocked nose may hinder the effectiveness of these medicines.

“The difficulty is that by the time people go looking for help to the pharmacy they are already very blocked in the nose so a tip would be to buy a fast acting nasal decongestant just to unblock the nose so that the medicines that the chemist has given you will be more effective.

“If what the pharmacist gives you doesn’t work in about a week, it is important to make your way to your own doctor where there are a whole range of medicines available to make your summer much better,” he said.

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