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Schools out ... and there's a heatwave on the way

By Nevin Farrell

The timing couldn't be better - a mini-heatwave is set to arrive in Northern Ireland this week as schoolchildren get out for the summer holidays.

With temperatures expected to be as high as a sizzling 23C from tomorrow until the weekend, seaside traders hope for a bumper week as sunseekers flock to beaches around Northern Ireland.

The Met Office said the outlook for Northern Ireland from tomorrow until Thursday is occasional rain at first but then dry and becoming very warm in the sunshine.

Today, the best of the brightness should be in Antrim and Down as the mercury climbs to 19C. But cloud could give some patchy rain in the west.

In the north coast's Portstewart, ice cream specialists Morelli's expect a busy period, and their 99s and sundaes are expected to be in big demand.

Supervisor Amy Platt said: "We are ready, with it being the start of the summer, and the timing could not be much better with the schools getting out."

She said honeycomb would continue to be a big favourite but it has other new flavours like parma violet for customers seeking to cool down.

And in Groomsport, Co Down, convenience shop owner Alan Chambers has ordered in a large supply of buckets and spades.

"In Groomsport there are a couple of nice wee beaches and a kiddies' paddling pool. Without the weather people don't come, so the difference in terms of trade with good weather is night and day, as people suddenly appear from nowhere."

The heat means a possibility of thunderstorms developing on Wednesday, while Thursday has the potential to be a washout.

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