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Did Northern Ireland reach its warmest December day on record?

It doesn't look like Northern Ireland will get a white Christmas yet

Northern Ireland came close to reaching its warmest December day on record with uncharacteristically mild weather.

The previous warmest December day was 16 degrees in Murlough in 1984.

If temperatures reached over 16 degrees on Wednesday it would have broken the record.

But despite a promising start to the day - temperatures began to drop short of the target.

So you shouldn't be too hasty in packing away the winter hats and scarves just yet.

By 9am on Wednesday, temperatures at Magilligan in Co Londonderry had hit 14.8C, rising to 15.8C by lunchtime -- warmer than Paris, Madrid and Bordeaux.

Elsewhere, it was slightly cooler in Castlederg, Co Tyrone, which saw highs of 14.1C and at Murlough where it was 13.2C.

A Met Office spokesman attributed the unusual spell to an area of high pressure bringing settled weather to the east and colder air currently across parts of the USA and Canada which has been strengthening the jet stream.

The Met Office have predicted that Wednesday will remain mild and say the maximum temperature will hit 16 degrees.

Wednesday afternoon will be dry with some bright or sunny spells developing. There will be a brisk south or southwesterly winds especially along the east coast.

Temperatures are expected to drop a little in the coming days, with Thursday's maximum temperature expected to reach 14 degrees - but it will still feel mild.

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