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Enjoy the heatwave, because it'll not last very long

By Lesley Houston

Published 30/06/2015

Temperatures are set to soar today as a heatwave finally settles over Northern Ireland - if only for a few days.

The mercury is expected to rise to 25C with the north west predicted to be our warmest place.

The good weather is due to remain until the weekend, but the highest temperatures are expected today and tomorrow.

The Met Office has warned, however, that the sunny weather could be interrupted by brief but heavy showers.

Temperatures will ease off, though, by just a few degrees during the second half of the week with most regions still enjoying the early 20s.

Desribed by some forecasters as a "mini heatwave", the warm weather has been brought in on southerly winds from Continental Europe, where highs in the 40s are expected.

The sweltering weather will also push up UV and pollen levels, it has been warned.

The solar UV index across Northern Ireland was expected to peak at 1pm today at six - a level classed as 'high'.

At lunchtime tomorrow, as the heat remains, the level is being tipped to peak at six again in Belfast and much of the east of the province.

In the west of the province, UV levels are due to hit a 'moderate' four.

Pollen sufferers - who account for one in five people across the UK - can expect to be reaching for the tissues today with 'very high' levels forecast.

This will reduce slightly by Wednesday to 'high', giving some relief to sufferers.

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