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

By Nevin Farrell

Published 18/07/2016

Finlay and Robin from Belfast cooling down in the water fountains at Custom House Square
Finlay and Robin from Belfast cooling down in the water fountains at Custom House Square
Girls jump off the pier at Portballintrae Boat Club during a fun day in aid of NSPCC on Saturday afternoon

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.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/06/2015
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/06/2015 Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Penny from London enjoying the weather, during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Frida Ekholm, 22, relaxes on the greens outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, as temperatures over 28C (83F) have been recorded in Surrey, making today the hottest day of the year so far.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 A Young Child Relaxing in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Relaxing in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
Hundreds of sun worshippers take a welcome break from work to have their lunch break and soak up some sunshine at City hall in Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye
Members of the public enjoying the weather at Belfast City Hall . Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather. Dylan McBurney and his daughter Corrina (5) enjoying some ice cream.
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Sunshine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.
Festival goers Natasha Carter (left), 30, and Jade Elgey, 24, both from Middlesbrough enjoy the hot weather at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pictured is Nina Conlon and Naomi King during the warm weather at Helens Bay in Co Down
Sunshine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.
Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 Blue Sky at the Odyssey on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland ahead of the tall ships coming to Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Warm weather across Northern Ireland. Jay McKean from Belfast pictured enjoy the sunshine in Belfast City Centre Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 22-04-2015: Warm weather across Northern Ireland. Natasha O'Hare from Belfast pictured enjoy the sunshine in Belfast City Centre Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 11/6/2015 Anna O'Brien (left) with Lisa McDowell (right) and little Emma Enjoying the sunshine at Helen's Bay beach in Northern Ireland on thursday during the hot weather Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Stephen Hamilton 23rd June 2015 - Presseye.com Hundreds of sun worshippers take a welcome break from work to have their lunch break and soak up some sunshine at City hall in Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
A girl cools off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an "extreme risk" to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
A man cools off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an "extreme risk" to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 From L-R Ellie Wilkinson and Emma Francis Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th June 2015 - General views of members of the public enjoying the weather at Belfast City Hall this afternoon. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: People cool off in a fountain outside the Southbank Centre on June 30, 2015 in London, England. The UK is currently experiencing a heatwave, with temperatures of 35 degree celsius forecast tomorrow in some parts of the country. The extreme heat has already seen train cancellations and a health warning has been issued. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
A picnic at Loughshore Park
Ellie Wilkinson and Emma Francis at Belfast City Hall
People soak up the sun at Belfast City Hall yesterday

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