Signs of spring in Northern Ireland
Published 05/04/2013 | 04:20
The snow has not yet melted away and a chill still lingers in the air.
But, as these pictures show, signs of spring are slowly but surely starting to pop up across Northern Ireland.
After a long, cold winter, the clouds are lifting and flowers are beginning to bloom.
This was the scene at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast yesterday. It was awash with colourful spring flowers, including daffodils.
Last month was the joint second coldest in Northern Ireland since records began, but temperatures are finally beginning to climb. Yesterday, the highest temperature across the UK was recorded at Helen's Bay in Co Down, where the thermometer peaked at a pleasant 10C.
By contrast it was 0C in Wych Cross, Sussex, and Kenley, Surrey, and there were flurries of snow across London.
But forecasters are predicting that temperatures could rise next week, possibly as high as 13C in parts of the UK.
"Looking ahead, there are signs it will break down next week and return to slightly milder conditions," said John Lee, a forecaster with Meteogroup. "At the moment temperatures are getting nearer average, but certainly not warm.
"The average temperature is about 13C and there are signs of that next week.
"Compared to what we have had, that will feel quite nice, but it will be accompanied by some rain and not particularly dry weather from Monday."
The forecast for Northern Ireland is rather cloudy but mainly dry through Saturday and Sunday. Monday will be cloudy but dry, with fresh easterly winds dragging temperatures down.