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Northern Ireland basks in rare glimpse of sun - but how long is it set to last?

Published 14/03/2016

Dogs Tilly and Maora enjoying a frolic in the spring daffodils in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Dogs Tilly and Maora enjoying a frolic in the spring daffodils in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Walking the dog during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Skate Boarder during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Running during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 A Cyclist during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Feeding the birds during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Northern Ireland enjoyed a rare glimpse of the sun today - and it looks as though it's keeping its hat on for the rest of the week.

In a welcome break from weather warnings for rain, snow and ice, Northern Ireland is experiencing a settled spell of uncharacteristic dry weather.

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While it might not be warm enough to sunbathe just yet - temperatures are expected to reach 11 degrees today in Belfast.

Workers enjoyed a rare al fresco lunch today as they sat outside Belfast City Hall enjoying the spring sunshine.

Meanwhile in areas such as Ballycastle and Newry temperatures may reach more than 12 degrees.

And good news - the sun is to remain for the rest of the week as forecasters expect Northern Ireland's weather to remain dry with long sunny spells

But while it is warmer during the day - temperatures will still fall at night to around 2 degrees.

Some cloud may move in by Friday bringing with it a drop in temperature.

Lily Patterson bodyboarding at Groomsport Beach. Pic: Julie Patterson.
Lily Patterson bodyboarding at Groomsport Beach. Pic: Julie Patterson.
A beautiful day in Annalong. Pic: Paul Briggs.
Crawfordsburn in the evening sun. Pic: Susan Barnard.
Crawfordsburn in the evening sun. Pic: Susan Barnard.
Scarbo Tower at sunset. Pic Derek Black
Sun setting over Newtownards. Pic: Derek Black.
A deer enjoys the evening sun in Newtownards.
Holidaymakers in Portrush, Co. Antrim, hit the beach to enjoy the summer sunshine as good weather spreads across Northern Ireland. Pic: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
A stunning evening in Portstewart. Pic: Alannah Morrow
Derry Guildhall in the sunshine Pic: Kevin Morrison
A stunning evening in Portstewart. Pic: Alannah Morrow
St Columb's Cathedral in Derry Pic: Kevin Morrison
Holidaymakers in Portrush, Co. Antrim, hit the beach to enjoy the summer sunshine as good weather spreads across Northern Ireland. Pic: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye.
Holidaymakers in Portrush, Co. Antrim, hit the beach to enjoy the summer sunshine as good weather spreads across Northern Ireland. Pic: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye.
Holidaymakers in Portrush, Co. Antrim, hit the beach to enjoy the summer sunshine as good weather spreads across Northern Ireland. Pic: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye.
Holidaymakers in Portrush, Co. Antrim, hit the beach to enjoy the summer sunshine as good weather spreads across Northern Ireland. Pic: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Holidaymakers in Portrush, Co. Antrim, hit the beach to enjoy the summer sunshine as good weather spreads across Northern Ireland. Four-year-old Matthew Thompson from Newtownabbey plays in the sand at Portrush west strand. Pic: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye.
Jessica Simpson (9) and her friend Molly Allen (8) from Antrim enjoy the surf at Portrush west strand. Pic: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Six-year-old Conor Watson from the Fourwinds in Belfast cools down at the west strand in Portrush. Pic: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye.

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