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Weather: Mercury rises as summer arrives in Northern Ireland at last

By Nevin Farrell

Northern Ireland sizzled yesterday as the temperature touched 24 degrees - and the good news is that it is forecast to last for a few days at least.

In hotspots such as Portstewart and Portballintrae on the north coast, the beaches were packed with families yesterday.

And with many people still off work for the traditional 'Twelfth Fortnight' the good weather will be a welcome bonus after the sun deserted us in recent weeks.

The Met Office says that today will have a rather cloudy and misty start, with some early drizzle across Fermanagh.

However, that will break, becoming sunny and very warm by the afternoon.

The temperature could hit 25 degrees, forecasters predicted.

Some mist is set to develop along the Co Down coast this evening, the weather service added.

The Met Office says tomorrow will be hot with sunny spells, but with a risk of some heavy rain and thunder.

Temperatures of 24C tomorrow are set to drop to a cooler 20 on Wednesday with cloudier conditions.

And it is set to drop down further on Thursday - with 18 degrees and rain predicted.

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