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Northern Ireland still basking in sunshine as heatwave brings a high of 28C

By Claire Williamson

Yesterday may have been the hottest day of the year so far, but across Northern Ireland sun-lovers were keeping their cool.

Hats have been firmly on heads over the past week and there was no sign of them slipping off as the temperature continued to soar.

Yesterday was yet another day for locals to don their summer finery and top up their tans.

As the heatwave continues to sweep the province, people have been digging out the barbecues and sun loungers, stocking up on sun-cream and grabbing their sunglasses as they make the most of the rare good weather.

Temperatures reached their peak on the north coast at the Giant's Causeway, where it hit 28C.

And in Belfast the mercury rose to 26C.

Many opted to bask under the rays in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, and there was hardly any space left to sit down at lunchtime as the crowds gathered, including many workers who were catching the sun before having to return to their offices.

Ice cream sellers continued to do a roaring trade as people flocked for cold treats to help them cool down in the blistering heat.

Meanwhile, a cavalcade of cars lined Northern Ireland's beaches as families arrived in their droves to enjoy a traditional day by the seaside.

The heat proved too much for many people and even some family pets, who all took to the sea to cool down.

In Portstewart, which has experienced some of the highest temperatures over the past few days, young people were jumping into the Herring Pond to battle the Mediterranean-like weather. But while youngsters were running through the fountains at Custom House Square in Belfast to get some relief, in London there were torrential downpours.

Over the weekend, the Met Office forecasters have predicted that the temperatures will dip slightly and some cloud will move in.

Today the top temperature is expected to reach a maximum of 21C with some rain coming in from the west, which could reach Belfast by the afternoon.

Tomorrow some scattered showers are expected, with some dry and bright spells.

And looking ahead to the coming week, there will be a few light showers but far fewer than tomorrow, with all parts of the province enjoying some good sunny spells, although not near the standards of the last few days.

But don't put away the sun-cream just yet – long-term, forecasters say temperatures are expected to start to climb again next month, capping this brilliant summer.

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