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

By Claire Williamson

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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