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Crowds hit the beach in Northern Ireland to bask in the sunny weather

'We are fully rammed and have been all day'

By Claire Williamson

The Northern Ireland summer is back - and it's set to stay all week.

It may be a rather rare occurrence, but the sun has put his hat back on and, true to form, people across the country made sure they didn't miss a second of it.

The golden beaches along the North Coast were packed to the brim yesterday as people flocked to cool off by the seaside.

The top temperature in Northern Ireland was 26.1C and that was recorded at the Giant's Causeway.

The popular tourist attraction enjoyed one of its busiest days so far this year.

A spokeswoman said: "Across the North Coast it was really busy. People were up and knew it was going to be a good day and were ready for it.

"People were queuing to get in to Benone Strand from around 10.30 this morning."

She added: "At lunchtime the car park at the Giant's Causeway was full and we were using the field as overflow. The good weather is a great help to everybody, it puts everyone in a good mood."

The top temperature in Belfast was 24C.

Sun-worshippers lounged in the grounds of Belfast City Hall in their shorts and T-shirts, while workers looked on as they tried to catch some rays on their lunchbreak.

Cafe Mauds on the Lisburn Road said customers were pouring in. A worker said: "We are fully rammed at the moment and have been all day."

Throughout the rest of the week the soaring temperatures are set to continue across balmy Northern Ireland.

On Saturday, some cloud may develop, with a risk of showers in the afternoon, but the temperature should remain in the 20s.

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