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Weather: A welcome if fleeting hint of spring for Northern Ireland

By Nevin Farrell

You would be forgiven for thinking that spring had sprung after students were seen lapping up the sun as they revised for exams in a Belfast park yesterday, while gardeners tended to blooming flower-beds.

But alas, the fine weather will give way to wind and rain today. Nevertheless, as the sun split the trees yesterday, many made the best of the pleasant conditions, and parks and beaches were busy.

The good weather meant it was a busy day at Northern Ireland's top tourist attraction, the Giant's Causeway.

North coast man Nevin Taggart (70) and his dog Cory enjoyed the sunshine. The pensioner said: "It was a bright, crisp spring afternoon, the waves were crashing on the rocks and there were visitors from many parts of the world, including two young women from Durban, South Africa, who were greatly taken by Cory's eyes; one brown, one blue."

The Met Office expected some inland frost last night while rain was due to become heavier today, with strong winds and some coastal gales.

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