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Forget the Costa del Sol - Northern Ireland will be hotter as 'mini heatwave' hits

Published 05/05/2016

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/06/2015
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/06/2015 Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Penny from London enjoying the weather, during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Frida Ekholm, 22, relaxes on the greens outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, as temperatures over 28C (83F) have been recorded in Surrey, making today the hottest day of the year so far.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 A Young Child Relaxing in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Relaxing in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
Hundreds of sun worshippers take a welcome break from work to have their lunch break and soak up some sunshine at City hall in Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye
Members of the public enjoying the weather at Belfast City Hall . Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather. Dylan McBurney and his daughter Corrina (5) enjoying some ice cream.
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Sunshine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.
Festival goers Natasha Carter (left), 30, and Jade Elgey, 24, both from Middlesbrough enjoy the hot weather at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pictured is Nina Conlon and Naomi King during the warm weather at Helens Bay in Co Down
Sunshine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.
Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 Blue Sky at the Odyssey on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland ahead of the tall ships coming to Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Warm weather across Northern Ireland. Jay McKean from Belfast pictured enjoy the sunshine in Belfast City Centre Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 22-04-2015: Warm weather across Northern Ireland. Natasha O'Hare from Belfast pictured enjoy the sunshine in Belfast City Centre Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 11/6/2015 Anna O'Brien (left) with Lisa McDowell (right) and little Emma Enjoying the sunshine at Helen's Bay beach in Northern Ireland on thursday during the hot weather Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Stephen Hamilton 23rd June 2015 - Presseye.com Hundreds of sun worshippers take a welcome break from work to have their lunch break and soak up some sunshine at City hall in Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
A girl cools off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an "extreme risk" to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
A man cools off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an "extreme risk" to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 From L-R Ellie Wilkinson and Emma Francis Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th June 2015 - General views of members of the public enjoying the weather at Belfast City Hall this afternoon. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: People cool off in a fountain outside the Southbank Centre on June 30, 2015 in London, England. The UK is currently experiencing a heatwave, with temperatures of 35 degree celsius forecast tomorrow in some parts of the country. The extreme heat has already seen train cancellations and a health warning has been issued. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
A picnic at Loughshore Park
Ellie Wilkinson and Emma Francis at Belfast City Hall
People soak up the sun at Belfast City Hall yesterday

Summer could finally be on the way as temperatures are forecast to soar above 20°C at the beginning of next week.

Northern Ireland could be hotter than the Costa del Sol next Monday and Tuesday as the Met Office predicts temperatures of up to 22°C and unbroken spells of sunshine.

Temperatures in the Spain are predicted to only reach up to 18°C at the beginning of next week.

The ‘mini heatwave’ comes after an unseasonably cold April with many parts of Northern Ireland seeing some snow fall.

The next few days are forecast to remain mild and dry. Thursday is predicted to be a bright day with sunny spells with winds easy and reaching a maximum temperature 16 °C.

Friday will be a dry day, with some bright or hazy sunny spells. There will be some areas of thick cloud but it should stay dry. There will be light winds and a  maximum temperature of 15 °C.

The Met Office have forecast some heavy bursts of rain on Saturday but said it will warm up on Sunday and Monday as the better weather arrives.

Dogs Tilly and Maora enjoying a frolic in the spring daffodils in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Dogs Tilly and Maora enjoying a frolic in the spring daffodils in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Walking the dog during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Skate Boarder during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Running during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 A Cyclist during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Feeding the birds during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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