Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

'Mini heatwave' on way for Northern Ireland

Sarah Docherty gets stripped off to soak up the sun in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Summer 2011

Sun worshippers left disappointed by an average July can look forward to a "mini heatwave" lasting just a few days this week, according to forecasters.

While many were hoping for an extra-hot July, it proved to be a rather average month, with the hot summer of 2006 fading into a distant memory.

The start of August will bring with it the treat of a few hot days, mainly in the south-east.

Northern Ireland should see the sun back again by tomorrow after a drizzly and cloudy day today with temperatures predicted to be in the 20s rising to a high of 22C on Wednesday. But it is not likely to last and before the end of the week the mercury is likely to dip again.

Tony Conlan, forecaster at MeteoGroup said it was an "average" July and a poor comparison to some of the hot summers in recent memory.

"The last really good summer we had was 2006 when we had the warmest July on record," he said.

"This is the fifth average or poor July we have had since then. That record July of 2006 now seems a distant memory."

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