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In Pictures: Mini-heatwave marks arrival of summer

By Joanne Fleming

After months of below average temperatures, summer has finally arrived in the form of a mini-heatwave.

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For those lucky enough to enjoy it, yesterday's 20-degree temperature high brought beach and barbecue weather to almost all of Northern Ireland.

While a little too late for this week's Bank Holiday activities, sunbathers are expected to bask in similar or better temperatures today, before a pleasant but fairly average weekend.

The highest recorded temperatures (19.7 degrees Celsius) were at Stormont in east Belfast and Murlough on the south eastern coast of Co Down.

It seems, however, that our cold spring has made this warm spell seem hotter than it actually is.

John Wiley, from the Met Office, said there were certainly no record-breaking temperatures.

“Normally in the month of May we have one or two days when the temperatures get up to around 22 degrees,” he said.

“So far it has been cooler than average. The past eight or nine months have been below average so this bit of warm sunshine is certainly very welcome.

“There is a breeze from the north meaning it is quite a bit cooler along the north coast — at the Giant's Causeway it was 12 or 13 degrees.

“There will be similar weather on Thursday,” he said.

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