Summer days are finally on the way, claim forecasters
Northern Ireland is finally set to see an improvement in the weather after weeks of rain, blustery showers and even hailstones.
With temperatures set to rise this week, it may be possible to cast off the winter woollies and enjoy some sunshine.
However, while parts of the UK will bask in balmy temperatures as the mercury is predicted to hit 25C, Northern Ireland temperatures are expected to be more modest over the coming week.
Still, with less cloud and rain predicted, there will a noticeable difference in the weather here compared to recent weeks.
Rebekah Sherwin, a Met Office forecaster, said: “Over the next few days it is going to become drier and warmer, although western parts of the UK, such as Northern Ireland, are not going to be quite as warm.
“However, it will still be more settled and generally warmer than it has been for the first half of the month,” she added.
“It is likely to be about 16C in Northern Ireland, which is average for this time of the year so it isn’t particularly exceptional.
“Over the next few days there will be a gradual improvement in the temperature and it should be dry for a lot of the time.
“While Northern Ireland isn’t going to be one of the warmest places in the UK over the next few days, people will feel the difference as the sun is stronger at this time of year.”
Weather watchers should not pack away their umbrellas just yet though. “It will become more unsettled towards the end of the month,” Ms Sherwin added.
The forecast is good news for garden centres across Northern Ireland which have been feeling the effects of the unseasonal weather. They will be hoping that the drier conditions will encourage more people to go out and spend on shrubs, plants, garden furniture and barbecues.
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Remember marvellous March? According to the Met Office, the average temperature here in March was 2.6C above the 1971-2000 average, making it the equal fourth warmest March in a series from 1910. But April was a different story — the coldest since 2000. With low pressure for most of the month, the weather was unsettled with plenty of showery days.