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Stunning Northern Ireland skylines mark the dawning of autumn equinox

Fiery morning skies marked the dawn of the autumn equinox, as Northern Ireland said goodbye to the summer.

The spectacular display made for one last glorious burst of sunshine as autumn arrived.

Forecasters are predicting mixed conditions and chillier nights as the shorter days arrive, with daytime temperatures rising towards the weekend, but accompanied by colder nights.

Northern Ireland will be cool and windy today with sunny spells and scattered showers - heaviest and most frequent across the north. It will be windy along the north coast with strong westerly winds, the Met Office said.

Laura Young, from the Met Office, said this mixed bag of weather is typical for autumn.

"As with any season, there is a transitional phase. You don't hit December 1 and it becomes immediately freezing cold. You are more likely to see snow at the end of winter than the beginning," she said.

"Certainly it can be settled but it can be volatile in September."

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