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Northern Ireland weather updates: Winter and summer in Castlederg as temperature rises 21 degrees within hours

By Brett Campbell

A Co Tyrone village experienced winter and summer in a single day on Saturday as the mercury soared by 21 degrees within just a few hours.

While the country basked in sunshine over the weekend, Castlederg - which experienced the highest spike in temperature in the whole of the UK - enjoyed the best of the weather.

Following a frosty start to the day, after temperatures plummeted overnight to -3C, the village was basking in 18C heat and glorious sunshine by mid-afternoon.

While the Met Office has predicted the warm weather is on its way out, meteorologist Stuart Brooks told the Belfast Telegraph there is no sign of a return to wintry weather any time soon.

"It's going to change unfortunately, but there is no return to winter in the foreseeable forecast although temperatures at night can still drop quite a bit, which we have seen over the weekend.

"You still get frosts in April and no doubt there will still be some days where there is a bit of a frost," he said.

 

Aboyne in Aberdeenshire was the warmest place to be on Saturday as people around the UK enjoyed wall-to-wall sunshine at the weekend.

The temperature in the normally nippy town on the edge of the Highlands in northern Scotland reached 19C, 7C hotter than Istanbul where it struggled to get above 12C.

The Met Office forecaster said that Atlantic fronts will bring rain from tomorrow and a cooler front could move in by the end of the week.

However, he doesn't expect temperatures to take a significant dip. Mr Brooks said: "Monday looks dry but there will be more cloud around and eastern areas of Northern Ireland will see temperatures drop a bit compared to recent days, but they should stay in double figures with some pleasant sunny intervals in-between times."

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