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Weather: Tops off in Northern Ireland amid calls for national holiday as temperatures soar

By Claire Williamson

Published 19/07/2016

Students from Chicago enjoy the sun on Portstewart Strand
Students from Chicago enjoy the sun on Portstewart Strand
Aaron Callaghan and Sophie Jefferies on the beach at Newcastle
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. 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 ©
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
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

There were calls for a national holiday when Northern Ireland qualified for the Euros - and now all eyes are on Stormont as we celebrate the hottest day of the year so far.

It was a welcome change over the weekend when the mercury started rising with much of the province basking in sunshine.

Monday's peak temperature was 25.9C in Castlederg, Co Tyrone, with today's expected to be 29C.

The Met Office has forecast a dry and humid afternoon with plenty of sunshine.

And due to the rarity of our allocation of sunshine - BBC weatherman Barra Best has called upon Northern Ireland's First and Deputy First Ministers to call a national holiday.


Meanwhile Crawfordsburn Country Park has been so busy that the gates have been shut.

 

However don't pack the raincoats and umbrellas too far away, as scattered heavy showers are expected to breakout later.

Tonight there will be scattered heavy showers with thunder and hail. They will clear away early in the night to give largely dry but mild and humid conditions overnight.

Temperature are set to drop a little on Wednesday down to the low 20s. However it will be another warm day but rather cloudy.

Looking ahead to the rest of the week, there will be outbreaks of rain spread east on Thursday with dry sunny spells on Friday.

More persistent rain is expected on Saturday clearing later in the day.

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