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Glorious sunshine... and one spectacular shower

By David Young

Published 14/08/2015

Hundreds descended upon Portstewart Strand yesterday
Hundreds descended upon Portstewart Strand yesterday
The Perseid meteor shower, with the Milky Way over Spelga Dam captured in the Mourne Mountains
David and Sharon McMullan and five-year-old quads Ellie, Zara, Joshua and Naime all make the most of soaring temperatures at Portstewart Strand Beach

Northern Ireland sizzled in the sun yesterday as summer finally arrived.

It may have been for just one glorious day, but thousands of sun-starved families made the most of it, breaking out their sunglasses, slathering on the cream and heading to the beach for some fun.

Our photos show the crowds thronging Portstewart Strand on the beautiful north coast, but the same scene was repeated across the province, from Benone to Tyrella - and all points in between.

Heartbreakingly, the hot spell was forecast to come to an end last night, as thundery weather - with downpours - was making its way north-west towards us from England, and rain was coming in from the Atlantic.

But there was one spectacular late-night shower - the Perseid meteor array, caused by space dust from the comet hitting the Earth's atmosphere.

Stargazers had to be quick, though.

The shooting stars were gone in flash - just like our summer.

Still, it was fun while it lasted.

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