Weather: Northern Ireland hotter than Rome or Madrid as it basks in 23C heat
Northern Ireland sizzled yesterday as temperatures soared, with the mercury hitting 23C in some places - hotter than Madrid, Paris and Rome.
The highest temperature was recorded in the Co Tyrone town of Castlederg which hit a sweltering 24C, which was way above the average maximum for May of 14.7C.
Locals basked in the hottest day of the year so far as hundreds took to coastal hot spots and beaches, including Portrush's East Strand, to soak up the rays. The hot weather prompted a flurry of betting at the bookmakers that 2016 will be the hottest year on record. However, we are being warned to make the most of the sunny spells as forecasters predict temperatures will drop by the weekend so keep your winter woollies within reach.
Other sun-drenched areas of Northern Ireland included Killowen in Co Down which recorded a warm 23C by noon. Cooling ice-creams and barbecues were top of the menu as the hot weather surpassed parts of Spain. Today's early mist patches are expected to disperse, leaving another mainly dry day with sunny spells, with just a possibility of a few showers over Down and Antrim.