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Sun has put its hat on again – much to the delight of Northern Ireland

By Claire Williamson

Summer was in full beam yesterday as temperatures in Belfast reached 20 degrees.

While it didn't top the highest temperature of the year, which was on June 17 in Derrylin in Co Fermanagh when the mercury hit a sweltering 25.1 degrees, it made a good effort.

The grounds of Belfast City Hall and our local beaches were full of sun worshippers as people soaked up the rays.

Workers sweltering in their suits looked on enviously at those sunbathing on the grass in their summer finery.

Shorts and T-shirts were the order of the day as ice-cream parlours were swamped with people cooling off.

Morelli's on the Belmont Road in Belfast enjoyed a busy day with people grabbing the rare opportunity to use the outdoor seating area.

A spokeswoman said: "We have been very steady. When there is good weather everyone wants to enjoy an ice-cream."

On the north coast, where temperatures reached a respectable 19 degrees, the beaches were busy as the school holidays got into full swing.

A popular spot is Barry's Amusements in Portrush.

Owner Kristina Trufelli said: "The weather without a doubt is a big help to us.

"It just makes everything lovely.

"People can go to the beach and then hopefully they can come and see us."

The hottest temperature yesterday in Northern Ireland was in Castlederg in Co Tyrone, which reached 23 degrees.

But, as is typical with summertime in the province, enjoy it while you can.

Temperatures are expected to drop the rest of the week with showers likely.

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