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Nippy Newry the third chilliest city in United Kingdom

By Victoria Leonard

As a fortnight of gloriously sunny skies fade to grey, spare a thought for the folk of Newry, who have been given the dubious honour of living in one of the coldest cities on these islands.

According to new statistics from rainwater harvesting firm Freeflush, residents of the border metropolis live in the third chilliest city in the UK. Or, to put it a less gloomier way, the 61st warmest city.

By using figures from the Met Office, the survey ranked cities by warmth using a single combined metric based on maximum average temperature, dry days and total rainfall.

The results showed that Newry enjoyed - or rather endured - maximum average temperatures of 12.3C, the lowest of Northern Ireland's five cities. Newry residents also face an annual rainfall of 1019mm, and experience just 198 dry days per year.

In contrast, Belfast enjoys an average maximum temperature of 13.4C, the highest in the province.

Its citizens experience 944mm of rainfall annually, and 210 dry days a year.

The early May dry spell broke on Thursday night as showers brought the 10-day run of warm weather to an end.

According to the Met Office, today's maximum temperature will reach 16C, with rain in the morning and late afternoon, which motorcycle road racing enthusiasts will be hoping won't affect the North West 200.

The outlook for tomorrow to Tuesday features an unsettled period with showers and sunny spells on Sunday, followed by more persistent rain.

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