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In Pictures: Northern Ireland sizzles - what does the weather have in store?

By Amanda Ferguson

It has been a week of sun, sand and plenty of sunscreen.

As barbecues have been getting going and children splash in paddling pools, the sun worshippers among us have been hitting Northern Ireland's parks and beaches to make the most of this wonderful sunny spell.

Among those soaking up the sunshine at Helen's Bay, while others took a dip in the water, were Katy and Niamh from Belfast.

Temperatures topped nearly 25C yesterday, and while weather experts do not expect the same again today, what their charts indicate is good.

Temperature wise, Killowen claimed the top spot yesterday with the mercury reaching a very impressive 24.9C.

This was closely followed by 24.8C at Derrylin and 23.9C at Stormont.

Last night MeteoGroup forecaster Billy Payne told the Belfast Telegraph today will be around 5C cooler than yesterday, but still very pleasant indeed.

"There is a lot of cloud around and it should be largely dry," he said.

"Temperatures will be up to about 19C."

And we are in for more of the same tomorrow.

But there is a chance of rain over the weekend so the message is to be prepared.

"On Friday, temperatures will be around 18C," Mr Payne added.

"There will be quite a lot of cloud but a few breaks.

"On Saturday there is a small chance of light showers, and on Sunday some more persistent rain."

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