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Temperatures to plunge Northern Ireland back into winter weather on Sunday

By Linda Stewart

Published 23/04/2015

Natasha O’Hare from Belfast enjoying the sun
Natasha O’Hare from Belfast enjoying the sun
Jay McKean from Belfast enjoys the sunshine in Belfast City Centre
Members of the public enjoy the sunshine in Belfast City Centre

Let's hope you didn't vacuum-pack the winter duvet away last week - winter is returning, according to forecasters.

Today will be the last magnificent day of sunshine, before unsettled weather leads us into the weekend followed by plunging temperatures on Sunday.

There may even be snow on the mountains as the cold snap continues to bite next week.

Temperatures are set to plummet well below average as a polar air mass moves into the UK and warnings that it will be more like early March than the end of April.

Forecaster Leon Brown said: "Temperatures next week are 4 to 5C below normal, in contrast to the temperatures this week at 3 to 4C above normal. This weekend there will be some large precipitation totals as the colder Arctic air mass moves southwards."

Over the past couple of days, Northern Ireland has basked in glorious sunshine, with temperatures reaching a high of 18.5C in Castlederg yesterday.

Yesterday saw clear skies across the country, although cloud along the North Coast kept the sunshine away. Forecasters Meteogroup warned people to make the most of today's sunny weather as it will be the last good day.

The Weather Channel predicted sunshine and showers next week with night frosts and warned of low night temperatures in the north, plunging to -5C.

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