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Northern Ireland having a ball in the 21C heat

By David Whelan

World Cup fever may be in full swing in Brazil, but it's not just the beaches of samba land where the sun was shining as we enjoyed one of the warmest days of the year.

Those looking to soak up the rays flocked to Helen's Bay in Co Down, the warmest place in Northern Ireland yesterday, with temperatures reaching 21C.

Belfast had a high of 19C, but it was in spots across the Co Down coast where the best weather was experienced, with Killowen on Carlingford Lough also hitting 21C.

Met Office forecaster Fraser Ralston said that while higher temperatures had been recorded on the last day of May, the light winds then would have made it feel even hotter yesterday.

"Temperatures were highest in the east yesterday, as is typical with Helen's Bay recording 21C," he said.

"Usually temperatures will start to drop as you go further west and north, which was the case, but only by a few degrees, with 18C and 19C being average for most places."

Temperatures are not expected to be as high today, with cloud moving in and staying until tomorrow, when there will be a spell of rain.

"Thursday is generally cloudy but there will be brighter spells with weak sun, especially across Co Armagh and Down, whilst a few spots of rain may affect the coastal northwest, with a maximum temperature 19C," he said.

However, ice-cream sales could be getting another boost on Saturday with "some dry, fine weather developing".

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