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Easter fun in the sun for Northern Ireland beach lovers

By Amanda Poole

The people of Northern Ireland never miss an opportunity to make the most of good weather — and the good news is that there is plenty more of it to come.

Throughout Easter Monday the sky was clear blue and the sun was shining as families enjoyed ice-cream, barbecues and ice-cold beer.

Thousands of people descended on the north coast to enjoy some welcome fun in the sun.

Windbreakers, sunscreen and summer sports equipment were unpacked from the hundreds of cars parked on Portstewart Beach yesterday.

Rachel Dickinson from Ballymena enjoyed relaxing in the sunshine, while friends Olivia Pierce, Naomi Fleming, Hannah Campbell and Jill Porter cooled their feet in the water.

Victoria Kettley, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said April 2011 is on course to be the warmest April on record.

“But there is still a week to go yet,” Ms Kettley said.

“Yesterday, the best temperatures in Northern Ireland were 14.6C in Derrylin and 14.1C in Saint Angelo.

“Over the the next few days temperatures will be around 15C to 16C in inland parts and a bit cooler along the coast. It will be a bit cloudy today, but it will be settle through the week.

“There are largely dry conditions and some decent spells of sunshine on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday there will be a bit of an easterly breeze and the risk of showers, but overall you’re in for a fine week.”

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