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Sunday 21 December 2014

Jet stream to thank as Northern Ireland weather to stay glorious for days to come

Strolling along in the sunshine at Whiterocks beach on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Strolling along in the sunshine at Whiterocks beach on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Surfing along at Whiterocks beach on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Strolling along in the sunshine at Whiterocks beach on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
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.

It has long been the bete noir of the wet and miserable Northern Ireland summer.

But the jet stream is redeeming its reputation in the eyes of sun-worshippers by delivering our on-going wave of sizzling temperatures.

The high altitude belt of air flows over the British Isles with its exact position determining how good – and bad – our summer weather is.

In the summer, it is supposed to sit to the north of the UK. But in recent years – particularly last year – it parked directly across the country pulling in heavy rain, flooding and unseasonably low temperatures. The result was yet another thoroughly miserable summer.

Fast forward to 2013 and the all-controlling jet stream has been behaving itself and is sitting just across the most northerly coast of Scotland.

It is this plum position that we have to thank for our run of beautiful July weather that has seen temperatures soar for over a week.

And the even better news is that the jet stream is to move even further north in coming days meaning the warm and sunny weather isn't under threat from rain clouds for a while yet.

A forecaster from Meteo Group in London said temperatures look set to stay well above average for the next few weeks.

After slightly cooler temperatures yesterday, the thermometer will once again soar to 28 degrees by the end of this week.

"It will be around 22C to 23C at the start of this week which will rise to 28C by Thursday and Friday," he said. "The hottest areas will be in the west of the province while coastal areas will be cooler."

The heatwave has come as a delight to some who have relished in the rays but dread to others who have found it difficult to sleep in the past sweaty few weeks.

Sun worshipper Nicola Hill from south Belfast is looking forward to topping up the tan she has been working diligently on.

"I have been loving this weather. I live right beside a park so I have been taking my two dogs there most days and have enjoyed just soaking up the rays. Who needs to book a holiday when the weather is this great?

"I plan to have lots of barbecues and just make the most of it. If missing a few hours sleep because it's so hot means we actually have a proper summer then bring it on."

However, Anne Sloan said she has not been able to sleep for the past few weeks because of the heat.

She said: "I love barbecues and walks on the beach so it is great during the day but it's another story at night when I am trying to get to sleep. No matter how tired I have been I just can't drop off if I'm too hot. I twist and turn all night. We are just not used to weather like this, bring back the rain and wind I say."

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