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It's Costa del NI as weather mirrors Spain

By Catherine Wylie

Temperatures in Northern Ireland yesterday came close to those enjoyed in Spanish hotspots, according to forecasters.

In Murlough, Co Down, the temperature reached 15.9C, and the Giant's Causeway hit 15.8C.

The average maximum temperature for this time of year, taking in all of the UK, is 8.9C

The UK could see one of the warmest days of the year so far today, with southerners set to see the mercury peaking in the late teens - almost 8C warmer than the average 10.3C for the area at this time of year.

The Met Office said those in the south-east could be basking in highs of 17C or 18C - around the maximum daytime temperatures forecast in Ibiza, Barcelona and Madrid.

Today's maximum temperature in Northern Ireland is expected to be 13C, and forecast to be a dry, mild and quite bright day.

The rest of the week is predicted to be cloudier, with some rain expected.

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