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Weather: After sizzling week in Northern Ireland, the mercury is now set to plunge

By David Young

Published 14/05/2016

Emily Sterrett enjoys an ice cream in Groomsport
Emily Sterrett enjoys an ice cream in Groomsport
Two dogs play fetch
Little Erin Lacey-Rogers makes sand castles
A little girl paddles at Crawfordsburn beach
Two women relaxing in Botanic Gardens
Having a splashing time are students Francesca Morelli, Chloe McMaster and Ruby Black as they take advantage of the 22C heat in Portrush
Portstewart Strand is lined with cars as families flocked to the beach
Portstewart Strand is lined with cars as families flocked to the beach
People lounge around in the grounds of Belfast City Hall yesterday
Lynsey Wade and dog Lola cool down in Carrick
People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. May 2016
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Swimmers and sunbathers enjoy the hot weather at Gourock Outdoor Pool, a heated salt water lido in Renfrewshire
And forecasters predict that temperatures will plummet markedly on Friday.
Visitors to Granary Square rest on steps by the Regents Canal towpath in Kings Cross, London
Sunbathers enjoy a few moments of relaxation in Hyde Park
Julie Almonte offers her chihuahua Lola a drink of water on the Stormont estate during a spell of fine weather in Northern Ireland
But while northern parts of the UK enjoy more sunshine, it will be cloudy further south
A dog chases a ball through a pond in the grounds of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh
Tourists taking a selfie from the top of Greenwich Park, London
Alice, left, and Ginevra from Hyde Park Stables hack through the London park during the warm weather
People relaxing in the sun in Lower Grosvenor Gardens, central London
Thermometers peaked at 27.1C (80F) in London's St James's Park on Sunday
Ice cream man Mario serves refreshments in Hyde Park

It's been a wonderful week for heat-worshippers as temperatures soared heaven-ward and a welcome splash of sunshine bathed Northern Ireland, putting a smile on the faces of people from Pettigo to Portmuck.

The mouthwatering aromas of the first barbecues of summer mingled with heady petrol fumes from superbikes at the North West 200, while crowds flocked to the balmy Balmoral Show for the authentic whiff of country life.

Today is the last day of Sun Awareness week and - right on schedule - it's time to put the buckets and spades away for a while as the weather takes a turn for the worse.

After a week of rising mercury across the UK, things are about to change radically.

The forecasters are now predicting that by early next week the blue skies will have been replaced by the traditional greys of an Ulster summer.

Frost is even forecast for some northern areas of England tomorrow morning, where temperatures are likely to be approximately 10C lower than they were last weekend.

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