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It's not Brazil, it's Northern Ireland ... but is rain about to stop play?

By Joanne Fleming

As the summer exodus gets under way in Northern Ireland – with 150,000 expected through the doors of Belfast International Airport over the next two weeks – some have found a little sunshine closer to home.

The north coast has been getting the best of this week's sunny weather, with footballers among those enjoying a late sunset on White Rocks beach.

It's not quite up to last July's sweltering heatwave weather when there was a record breaking 29.9C recorded in Castlederg. But Wednesday's 19C high meant hundreds still flocked to the beach.

Others enjoyed the sunshine at Belfast City Hall and public parks as sun worshippers took the chance to catch a few rays over their lunch break. London, meanwhile, enjoyed the UK's top temperatures of 23C. It looks like the sunny spell is short-lived, however. Forecasters are predicting rain is on the way for the weekend as temperatures drop down to 17C by Sunday.

The Met Office also has no good news for the rest of the month heading into August. According to forecasters, northern and western parts of Northern Ireland are most likely to be affected by "spells of unsettled weather", whilst southern, eastern and central regions have the best chance of prolonged settled periods.

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