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Tuesday 2 June 2015

Temperature soars to 30C in Northern Ireland as heatwave is set to continue

Kirsty McMurray and Ashley Jones  enjoy the sunny weather
Kirsty McMurray and Ashley Jones enjoy the sunny weather
Crowds enjoy the sunny weather at the Beach in Helen's Bay in Co Down
The funfair on Bangor seafront
Hot weather hits Belfast City Hall
Sisters Holly and Amy McConnell get an ice cream from Caproni Ice Cream Parlour on Bangor seafront
Weather picture. Helens Bay in Co.Down where temperatures soared at the weekend attracting hundreds of people to the beach. From Lisburn are 18 year olds Bronagh Walsh and Victoria Sanders. Picture Mark McCormick. 06/07/13
Weather picture. Helens Bay in Co.Down where temperatures soared at the weekend attracting hundreds of people to the beach. From Lisburn are 18 year olds Bronagh Walsh and Victoria Sanders. Picture Mark McCormick. 06/07/13
Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. having fun in the sun at Helen's Bay Beach yesterday are Bethany McBride, back, and Tori Paul, from Ballysillan.
PRESSEYE - Weather Portrush Beach - BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Image by Kelvin Boyes 9 Jun 2013
Chris Kirk and Jamie Lynn ejoying the weather in Drumglass park on the Lisburn Road yesterday
Sisters Sophie and Anna Lioe in Drumglass Park on the Lisburn Road in Belfast enjoying the weather yesterday
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. from left Jenna McCart, Linzi Thompson and Clare Tait enjoying the great weather yesterday at Helen's Bay Beach.
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. from left, Conor Hughes, Caoimhe Duggan, Cathy Schofield and brother Andrew.
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© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. Splashing around at Helen's Bay Beach yesterday are from left, Otas Maraska, samantha Jarauskaite and Kamike Ganagaite, all from Portadown
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. Beach Babes...Dana keenan and son Patrick (6 months).
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© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. James Adams and Zoe Brown from Belfast, soaking up the sun at Helen's Bay.
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. Beach Barbie...Marta Kukie and daughter Nadia (5) with dad Timucin Bayrak.
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. From left, Stacey Maxwell, son Jack Braniff (6 months) and dad James Braniff
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Hot summer Sunday at Helen's Bay Beach. Topping up theit tans at Helen's Bay yesterday are from left, Annie Jelley, Chelcie Owens and Violet Black.
Weather picture. Helens Bay in Co.Down where temperatures soared at the weekend attracting hundreds of people to the beach. Picture Mark McCormick. 06/07/13
Gay Pride parade Belfast. 06/07/13 Picture Mark McCormick
Gay Pride parade Belfast. 06/07/13 Picture Mark McCormick
Gay Pride parade Belfast. 06/07/13 Picture Mark McCormick
The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Friends Ben Scott, and Patrick White, from Coleraine enjoy a shower during the great spell of weather at the White Rocks in Portrush on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Fantastic weather for Northern Ireland for the next few days. Amy Hanna and dog Pip pictured in the grounds in Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Fantastic weather for Northern Ireland for the next few days. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Botanic Gardens - Weather Picture - Presseye - 9th June 2013 Rachel Anderson aged 7 and her sister Ella aged 5 enjoy the weather in Botanic Gardens yesterday.
Most of Britain has enjoyed high temperatures over the past few days, and the heatwave looks set to continue

The temperature soared to a searing 30C in the west of Northern Ireland yesterday – the highest the mercury has hit in seven years.

And the good news is that the heatwave is set to continue for days to come – although maybe not staying at those blistering levels.

Who needs sun holidays when temperatures in Northern Ireland managed to beat Ibiza (29C), Cancun (29C), New York (27C), Tenerife (24C), Lanzarote (24C), Crete (27C) and Sicily (26C)?

Yesterday afternoon temperatures rocketed to 30C in Castlederg at 3pm, the highest temperature since June 17, 18 and 19, 2006.

On that occasion, it was also Castlederg that recorded Northern Ireland's top temperatures.

"It's a sheltered spot out in the far west and, with a very light easterly flow like we had today, it has the longest land track so the air gets warmed up before it gets there," Met Office spokesman John Wylie explained.

In contrast, east coast tourist hotspots like Helen's Bay and Murlough Bay only saw temperatures rising to 19 or 20C.

Forecasters are predicting some mists around east coast areas.

Last night Mr Wylie predicted another scorcher today.

"We're looking at 26C-28C across inland parts.

"The rest of the week is looking dry and settled – temperatures will be a little variable at times but they will still be warm to very warm," he said.

Forecaster Meteogroup said today will remain sunny but with light winds making conditions more pleasant.

Meteogroup forecaster Laura Caldwell said temperatures will dip a little on Wednesday, although it will still stay in the 20s, and Thursday could see the mercury rise again as high as 27C.

"On Friday there will be sunny spells and temperatures as high as 26C, although all through this week it will be quite misty around the coast," she said.

"We're not expecting anything too wet and wild into next week – it will probably be quite pleasant settled weather.

"There is an area of high pressure sitting over the British Isles and that is likely to hang around for a while."

The reason we are finally enjoying a July heatwave after years of torrential, cold summers is the the weather pattern caused by the polar vortex and the jet stream, according to the Weather Channel.

Online forecasters Northern Ireland Weather issued a level 2 advisory, warning that the temperature was expected to be high for more than two days.

It warned people out in the sunshine to use sunscreen as the predicted 27-28C highs would mean a very high UV index.

"High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with chronic conditions," they said.

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