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

By Nevin Farrell

Published 29/06/2015

Sunseekers in the grounds of Botanic Gardens in Belfast
Sunseekers in the grounds of Botanic Gardens in Belfast
A heatwave is expected to hit parts of the UK

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.

Wednesday 10th June 2015 Pictured is Roscoe chasing a Frisbee down the beach during the warm weather at Seapark in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday 10th June 2015 Pictured is Roscoe chasing a Frisbee down the beach during the warm weather at Seapark in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
My young daughter Saoirse Hanna, aged 3, enjoying the view at Antrim Castle Gardens (June 10) on a brief visit from London.Submitted by Emmett Hanna
Wednesday 10th June 2015 - Pictured is Katie Allen and Nicky Wilson during the warm weather at Seapark in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Holywood sunset - submitted by Derek Black June 2015
Wednesday 10th June 2015 Pictured is Roscoe chasing a Frisbee down the beach during the warm weather at Seapark in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
View of the city of Derry as seen from Waterside area. Submitted by Frank Fleming June 2015
Wednesday 10th June 2015 - Pictured is Gilbert and Evelyn Pierson during the warm weather at Seapark in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday 10th June 2015 - Pictured is Mum Catherine Stevenson with her daughter Amy and son Alex during the warm weather at Seapark in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday 10th June 2015 Pictured is Kinga Hordyj, Slawek Lewndowski, and Nicolas Lewndowski during the warm weather at Seapark in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday 10th June 2015 - Pictured is (Back Left to front Right) Kayla Quigg, Dearbhaile Cooke, Suzanne Quinn, Kevin McIlwayne and Grace Quinn during the warm weather at in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday 10th June 2015 - Pictured is Nina Conlon and Naomi King during the warm weather at Helens Bay in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday 10th June 2015 - Pictured is Nina Conlon and Naomi King during the warm weather at Helens Bay in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pacemaker Press 10/6/2015 Enjoying the sunshine at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday, With hot weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/6/2015 Charis Ward with her daughter Alana enjoying the sunshine at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday, With hot weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/6/2015 Enjoying the sunshine at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday, With hot weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/6/2015 Enjoying the sunshine at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday, With hot weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/6/2015 Charis Ward with her daughter Alana enjoying the sunshine at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday, With hot weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/6/2015 Charis Ward enjoys the sunshine at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday, With hot weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/6/2015 Charis Ward enjoys the sunshine at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday, With hot weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/6/2015 Enjoying the sunshine at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday, With hot weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/6/2015 Enjoying the sunshine at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday, With hot weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 10/6/2015 A Seagull out in the sunshine at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday, With hot weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Afternoon sunshine at Portavogie - taken by Ellen Thompson (Bangor) June 2015
Groomsport - taken by Ellen Thompson (Bangor) June 2015
Mother and father swans with their cygnets at Portavoe near Bangor- taken by Ellen Thompson (Bangor) June 2015

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