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Weather: Northern Ireland basks on hottest day of year as temperatures hit 28C

By Linda Stewart

Published 20/07/2016

Seapark, Holywood, Co Down.
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland.
Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Bella enjoying the splash at Seapark. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 16th August 2016
Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Picture: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Tilly, Debbie, Charlotte 7 and Daniel 5 Ingram. Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Picture: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Bella enjoying the splash at Seapark Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 16th August 2016 Seapark, Holywood, Co Down.
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Students from Chicago enjoy the sun on Portstewart Strand
Aaron Callaghan and Sophie Jefferies on the beach at Newcastle
Lisa Fenton with daughter Freya from Islandmagee enjoy the sun in Belfast city centre
Ellen Straghan (92) from Ballyhackamore enjoys the sun in Belfast city centre
Little Lucy McBurney from Belfast enjoys a delicious 99
Elephants cool down during the tropical weather at Belfast Zoo
Penguins cool down during the tropical weather at Belfast Zoo
People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Pacemaker Press INTL 02/06/2016: Chihuahua Kizmen Kershaw pictured with enjoy the sunshine in Belfast as Temperatures climbed to the low 20s and looks set to continue the trend. According to the Met Office, it will be another fine day with warm sunny spells developing and highs of 22C. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Press INTL 02/06/2016: Sinead Laverty , Fiadh Dunlop 1 Year old and Paula Fitzsimons with baby Lorcan Maguire pictured with enjoy the sunshine in Belfast as Temperatures climbed to the low 20s and looks set to continue the trend. According to the Met Office, it will be another fine day with warm sunny spells developing and highs of 22C. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Press INTL 02/06/2016: Louise MCCallum and dogs Paddy and Mea and Laura Begley and Max Shield pictured with enjoy the sunshine in Belfast as Temperatures climbed to the low 20s and looks set to continue the trend. According to the Met Office, it will be another fine day with warm sunny spells developing and highs of 22C. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Dogs Tilly and Maora enjoying a frolic in the spring daffodils in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Walking the dog during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Skate Boarder during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Running during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 A Cyclist during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Feeding the birds during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Thousands of people poured onto Northern Ireland's beaches yesterday to make the most of the hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures soared to a high of 28C in Castlederg in the west - making it hotter than Algiers.

Crawfordsburn Country Park in North Down had to be closed in the afternoon as it reached capacity, the PSNI said.

Meanwhile, the National Trust, which looks after Portstewart Strand, estimated that the popular beach had attracted at least 1,800 sun worshippers.

Last night forecasters warned that torrential rain and thunderstorms could bring flooding and disruption to power networks.

The Met Office, which issued a yellow warning, said hot air spreading north was expected to bring thunderstorms to parts of the province, with a possibility of up to 50mm of rainfall.

"Whilst most places will miss the worst, please be aware of the risk of localised flash flooding. Frequent lightning, large hail and strong winds could be additional hazards," a spokesman said.

"All of this could lead to some flooding of homes, businesses and transport networks. Disruption to power is also possible."

Staff at Belfast Zoo made sure the animals didn't suffer in yesterday's soaring temperatures - although some species were fine with it.

Curator Andrew Hope said: "Primates would sunbathe in that weather - very few of them would retreat to the shade."

However, the heat was a little much for some of the penguins.

"We've provided extra shade, put in some sprinklers and we would sometimes give the animals ice blocks and lollipops which they can lick to keep cool," he said. "The elephants have been getting a mud bath today in their mud wallow and the sea lions have been popping in and out of the water."

NI Water, meanwhile, warned of fines of up to £2,500 if people abused fire hydrants. It dispatched a team to carry out repairs after children set off some in the Laganbank area of Belfast.

"Some may regard this activity as harmless fun on a warm day, but fire hydrant abuse can have serious implications for customers who may be left with low or zero water pressure, or - even worse - the Fire Service may find that water pressure is insufficient to deal with a fire," an NI Water spokesman said.

"We would appeal to local community leaders and political representatives who have supported us in the past to continue to do so, and we would encourage the whole community to take a stand against fire hydrant abuse which has the potential to cause so much damage.

"Vandalism should be reported to the PSNI or to Waterline on 03457 440088."

Today is expected to be cloudy but dry in most places, with heavy thundery showers possible in the east in the morning.

Outbreaks of rain are expected to spread east tomorrow, followed by a dry Friday with sunny spells. More persistent rain is expected on Saturday, clearing later in the day.

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