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Sunday 21 December 2014

Northern Ireland sets blistering pace again as one of UK's main hotspots

Five-year-old Erin Cherry (centre) soaks her sister Corah(3) and their friend Evan Coates (5) with the watering hose in their back garden in Saintfield, Co. Down
Five-year-old Erin Cherry (centre) soaks her sister Corah(3) and their friend Evan Coates (5) with the watering hose in their back garden in Saintfield, Co. Down
A person jumps into the sea at Carnlogh harbour in County Antrim, as the warm weather continues across Northern Ireland
A person jumps into the sea at Carnlogh harbour in County Antrim, as the warm weather continues across Northern Ireland
Ballygally Beach on the County Antrim coast swarmed with people during the hot weather
Simon Cherry from Saintfield, Co Down cools himself down in the midday sun
Beaches across Britain have been packed with sun-worshippers over the past few days as the country enjoys hot weather
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- 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
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.
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- 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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- 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- 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.

Northern Ireland's July sizzler has seen temperatures near the top of the UK hotspots yet again.

Thomastown in Enniskillen recorded the second highest temperature yesterday when the mercury topped 28.5C.

It was only edged from the top spot by Church Fenton in North Yorkshire, which registered a 28.6C temperature.

Despite the soaring heat, Thomastown didn't reach Castlederg's Thursday temperature of 28.8C – the hottest in the UK.

The average temperature in Belfast yesterday was 24C. Coastal areas, such those as in and around the Giant's Causeway, were cooler, with the average temperature here recorded as 18C.

While cooler air is moving over Northern Ireland today, the message is don't put away the barbecue just yet.

Belfast is expected to reach 19C while the western part of the province will drop to 21C and, according to the forecasters at Meteo Group, this will last right through to the middle of next week.

The long-running heatwave brought welcome sunshine for thousands of parading Orangemen and supporters yesterday.

And for those enjoying a day off, the beaches were packed yet again.

One group of businesses delighting in the great weather are ice-cream parlours.

Gary Bartlett who runs Mauds ice-cream shop in Bangor said he was run off his feet before, during and after the Twelfth parade.

"It was definitely one of the best business days of the year. It has been great since the weather improved. We have had a lot of families in getting cones and tubs to eat later at their barbecues," he said.

Sloan's Gas Energy Centre in south Belfast also reported a notable increase in barbecue sales over the past week.

However, a warning was issued yesterday about the dangers hot weather can pose for elderly people. North Antrim Ulster Unionist Robin Swann MLA said the whole community needed to help older people combat this threat.

"Just as many elderly people had to overcome the atrocious winter conditions, when they were forced between eating and remaining warm, so, too, in the current heat wave, the elderly are also at risk from heat stroke and dehydration. We, as responsible citizens, have a role to play. I appeal to the community to become the eyes and ears of the elderly," he said.

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