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Weather: Northern Ireland hotter than Rome or Madrid as it basks in 23C heat

By Cate McCurry

Published 10/05/2016

Having a splashing time are students Francesca Morelli, Chloe McMaster and Ruby Black as they take advantage of the 22C heat in Portrush
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

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.

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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