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Yesterday, it was one of the hottest days of the year to hit the beach

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 19/08/2015

Portrush beach
Portrush beach
Portstewart
Sophie Clarke has fun at Helen’s Bay
Jay Duffy at Helen's Bay
Helen's Bay
Portrush beach
A queue for ice cream at Portstewart

Sunworshippers made the most of the scorching temperatures in Northern Ireland by hitting beaches, beer gardens and their own back yards.

Barbecues were fired up and ice cream guzzled by the gallon as the mercury reached a very respectable 22.6C.

MeteoGroup forecaster Claire Austin explained temperatures were more than 4C higher than average on Tuesday.

"Helen's Bay and Katesbridge got to 22.6C," Ms Austin said. "Average for August is around 18C."

Alas, today is not going to be so sunny, so it is advisable to pack your raincoats and umbrellas.

"Unfortunately, it won't be quite so warm," Ms Austin added.

"Northern Ireland is getting the worst of the weather with heavy rain moving in in the morning and that will stick around for much of the day, maybe becoming dryer in the west later in the afternoon.

"We are expecting heavy, bursts, brisk winds and breezy conditions. Temperature will be a maximum of 17C, so just below average for this time of year."

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