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Soaking up the sunshine as temperatures soar to 26C

By Amanda Poole

Published 26/05/2012

(L-R) Laura Beattie, Caitlin Buick and Rebecca Baker studying for exams in Botanic Gardens, Belfast yesterday
(L-R) Laura Beattie, Caitlin Buick and Rebecca Baker studying for exams in Botanic Gardens, Belfast yesterday
Relaxing in the sun at Seapark beach just outside Holywood, Co Down
Relaxing in the sun at Seapark beach just outside Holywood, Co Down
Relaxing in the sun at Seapark beach just outside Holywood, Co Down
Relaxing in the sun at Seapark beach just outside Holywood, Co Down
Relaxing in the sun at Seapark beach just outside Holywood, Co Down
Relaxing in the sun at Seapark beach just outside Holywood, Co Down
Relaxing in the sun at Seapark beach just outside Holywood, Co Down
Simon Ling and Matthew Smith enjoy the weather in Botanic Gardens, Belfast yesterday
Sunshine continues across Northern Ireland. Megan McLoughlin (5) from Bangor and her younger brother Ryan (3) splash around at Ballyholme Beach in Bangor
Suzi Wallace (2) pictured enjoying the beautiful weather at Loughshore park Jordanstown
Students pictured in Botanic Gardens, Belfast yesterday soaking up the sunshine
Sarah Kee and Caroline Than from Belfast relax and enjoy the sun on Helen's Bay beach in Co. Down. May 24 2012. Northern Ireland- 24th May 2012 Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Northern Ireland- 24th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland. Left to right. Katie Robinson, Sarah Keeand Caroline Than from Belfast relax and enjoy the sun on Helen's Bay beach in Co. Down.
Northern Ireland- 24th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland. Left to right. Katie Robinson, Sarah Keeand Caroline Than from Belfast relax and enjoy the sun on Helen's Bay beach in Co. Down.
Northern Ireland- 24th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland. Left to right. Katie Robinson, Sarah Keeand Caroline Than from Belfast relax and enjoy the sun on Helen's Bay beach in Co. Down.
Northern Ireland- 24th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland. Left to right. Cousins Lara and Ruth Allen from Belfast relax and enjoy the sun on Helen's Bay beach in Co. Down.
kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia 24 May 2012.. Maggie McWilliams soaks up the sunshine on the Famous Antrim Coast Road as temperature are set to rise until the start of next week. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Dance student Victoria Lagan, from Portrush shows her skills at Portstewart Strand as the super weather stays with us.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Northern Ireland- 24th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland. A dog plays on Ballyholme Beach in Bangor.
Northern Ireland- 24th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland. People relax and enjoy the sun on Helen's Bay beach in Co. Down.
Northern Ireland- 24th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Good weather and sunshine continues across Northern Ireland. Megan McLoughlin(5) from Bangor and her younger brother Ryan(3) splashe around at Ballyholme Beach in Bangor.
24.05.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDStudents and young people were enjoying the sunshine in Botanic Park, Belfast yesterday as the heatwave goes on in Northern Ireland. Sarah Graham and Niamh Mulholland
24.05.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDStudents and young people were enjoying the sunshine in Botanic Park, Belfast yesterday as the heatwave goes on in Northern Ireland
Here comes the sun. Fairhead at sunrise today - May 25 - submitted by Anne Kelly
24.05.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDStudents and young people were enjoying the sunshine in Botanic Park, Belfast yesterday as the heatwave goes on in Northern Ireland
24.05.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDStudents and young people were enjoying the sunshine in Botanic Park, Belfast yesterday as the heatwave goes on in Northern Ireland. Jake Ellison aged 7 cooling down with an Ice cream
24.05.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDStudents and young people were enjoying the sunshine in Botanic Park, Belfast yesterday as the heatwave goes on in Northern Ireland. Zhi Wang and her friend Wendy using an umbrella to block out the sun
24.05.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDStudents and young people were enjoying the sunshine in Botanic Park, Belfast yesterday as the heatwave goes on in Northern Ireland
Ten months old Marschal Patterson from Portstewart enjoying his big adventure in his Snoopy suit at the White Rocks beach in Portrush Co-Antrim as temperatures soar into the mid twenties on Thursday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Mark McLaughlin, Laya Barr and Danielle McCormick from derry cool down with an impromptu shower in the Fountains in Guildhall Square as temperatures soared. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 24.5.12
Four years old Lewis Henry takes the opportunity to cool down in the fountains in Derry's Guildhall Square on thursday as temperatures soared. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics,com. 24.5.12
Enjoying a stroll on Ballycastle Beach on Thursday evening. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia. May 24 2012
Soaring temperatures at the White Rocks beach in Portrush Co-Antrim. Temperatures soar into the mid twenties on Thursday along the north coast.
Flashback to Summer 2011 in Belfast Jenny Wilson from Bannbridge and Miranda Garrett from America, relax in the warm sunshine in Coleraine. Summer 2011
Sarah Docherty gets stripped off to soak up the sun in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Summer 2011
Good weather continues across. People enjoy the sun on the east strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. People enjoy the sun on the east strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. The west strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. People enjoy the sun on the beach in Portstewart.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. People enjoy the sun on the beach in Portstewart.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. People enjoy the sun on the east strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Five-year-old Aemilia Orr from Shrewsbury in England enjoys the sun on the east strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Five-year-old Aemilia Orr from Shrewsbury in England enjoys the sun on the east strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Bryan and Lesa Martin with their children(left to right) Tamah(3), Elijah(1) and Joel(10) pictured on Portstewart beach.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Rodney and Sandra Cunningham with their daughters Abbie(12 & Left) and Ellie(8).
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Left to right. Julie McFarland(15), Jeffery Baird, Martha Baird, Kathy Bond, Enda McFarland, Claire Bond and David Bond(16) pictured on the beach in Portstewart.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Left to right back row. Dempsey McCormick, Shannon McCormick, Elma Bankhead, Heidi McCormick, Lizzie McCormick and Lauren Burn. Left to right front row. Andrew Robb(7), Thaila McCormick(10) and Rylie McCormick(7) pictured on the east strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Desmond Goligher with his son Jordan and niece Shannon on the east strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Noleen O'Neill and her brother Michael from Rasharkin on Co. Antrim enjoy a day out on the east strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Left to right. Trevot and Audrey Reddock with Leslie and Faye Hadnett pictured on the east strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Hannah Noble(10) from Omagh and her cousin Adam Dixon-Freeburn from Coleraine enjoy a day out at the east strand in Portrush.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. Stephen Montgomery with Corrie Walker-Harris and their three children(left to right) Conor(5), Lexie(2) and Justin(3) at Ballycastle.
Botanic Gardens in Belfast, Eve Scullion aged 4 enjoying an ice-cream in the weather, Summer 2011
Botanic Gardens in Belfast, Abi Ballantine and Siobhan looking at the flowers in the palm house. Summer 2011
Botanic Gardens in Belfast - Nicola Connolly, Lindsey Johnston and Emma Louise Gilroy enjoying the sun Summer 2011
Relaxing in the warm sunshine in Coleraine are Lauren Houston, and Heather Wilson from Bannbridge. Summer 2011
Botanic Gardens in Belfast - Summer 2011
Botanic Gardens in Belfast - Pheobe Mullan aged 3 enjoying the sun Summer 2011
People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Summer 2011
Botanic Gardens in Belfast - Ciara Kennedy aged 8 blowing bubbles in the sun Summer 2011
Botanic Gardens in Belfast - A man reading the newspaper in the sun Summer 2011
Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland. Left to right. Sarah Docherty, Shantala Porter and Nancy Kennedy from Belfast take advantage of the sunshine in the grounds of the City Hall in Belfast.
Hot weather across the north coast at the weekend. Sarah Saunders, Emily Saunders, Matthew Saunders, Jordan Boyd and Andrew Boyd from templepatrick at Portstewart Strand. Summer 2011
Hot weather across the north coast at the weekend. Summer 2011
Hot weather across the north coast at the weekend. Summer 2011
The Beat Iniative's "Life is a Carnival," parades passes through Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum . July 2011
Cooper Combe(5) from Belfast and his sister Georgie(7) enjoy an ice cream in the sunshine at Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Summer 2011
Edgars Skrastins(10) from Belfast has a water fight with his uncle Alex Vancenko at Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Summer 2011
Hot weather across the north coast at the weekend. Philip Kerr from Dromara underground at the White Rocks Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin. July 2011
Sarah Docherty gets stripped off to soak up the sun in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. July 2011
Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland. Sarah Docherty and Nancy Kennedy from Belfast take advantage of the sunshine in the grounds of the City Hall in Belfast. Summer 2011
Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Summer 2011
Good weather continues across Northern Ireland. People relax in the sunshine at Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Summer 2011
Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Summer 2011
Edgars Skrastins(10) from Belfast has a water fight with his uncle Alex Vancenko at Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Summer 2011
Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Summer 2011
Ulster basks in the sunshine. Newscastle beach
Alex Heyes from Belfast pictured skateboarding and enjoying the sun at The Albert Memorial Clock in Belfast . June 2010. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Emma Catling pictured at Crawfordsburn beach enjoy the sun.Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press Belfast 16-06-2010:
Folk band Bhanxty enjoy the weather and play a few tunes in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.June 2010 Pacemaker Press
David Mulligan enjoys the sun. June 2010
Caislin Himson, Ann-Marie Denver and Caitrina Grogin, all from County Londonderry enjoying the heatwave at Portstewart.
Sunbathing in the hot sunshine at Portstewart Strand Beach. June 2010
Jack Williams, enjoys water jets at Portstewart during the warm sunshine. June 2010
A couple relaxing at The Cresent in Portstewart . June 2010
Catherine Fillis (Coleraine) and Lauren Huston (Ballymoney) enjoy a morning splash at Portstewart Beach. June 2010
Queen's students Tallar Bogosyan and Lucy Catherine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens enjoying the sun. Pacemaker
Queen's studentsTallar Bogosyan and Lucy Catherine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens enjoying the sun. Pacemaker
Sarah Bryce, Rachel Bryce, Emma Holmes and Kyle Boyd at Helens Bay . May 2010
Emily McAllister, in Belfast
Jayde Deegan and Tomas Manning at Helens Bay. May 2010
Laura Murray and Blaine McMillan, Belfast City Hall.
Caran Winchester, in Belfast
Sarah Hanna and Megan Harding at Helens Bay. May 2010
Kristina McAllister, in Belfast. May 2010
Mairtin Lyons and Sarah-Leagh Meenan at Helens Bay. May 2010
Niamh and Sarah-Leagh Meenanat ,Helens Bay. May 2010
Lauren Tracey, pictured in Belfast. May 2010
The fountains at Custom House Square in Belfast. May 2010
Emma Boyle and Eimear McDonnell enjoy the good weather at the Belfast City Hall
Alice Kavanagh, right from Monastervin, Co. Kildare and Ella Weld from Newbridge, Co. Kildare enjoy some ice cream at the Curragh races. May 2010
Miss Belfast City finalists soaking up the sun in Belfast city centre. May 2010
Miss Belfast City finalists soaking up the sun in Belfast city centre. May 2010
21 year old Diana Divoux from France, who is studying in Belfast, soaking up the sun on the banks of Belfast Lough. May 2010
Judith Carville, Sarah Magennis and Joanne Lamb at Helen's Bay. May 2010
A Common Marmoset enjoys a date filled ice cream at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. May 2010
nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Left to right. Four-year-old twins Katie Bradley-Irvine and her brother Jason from east Belfast pictured after having their faces painted.
Jayde Deegan at Helens Bay. May 2010.
2nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Seven-year-old Lana Turner from the Cliftonville area with two badges she made.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Left to right. Sean McDermott(8) with his brother Sean are entertained at the Flea Circus by Madame Tiptop and Felix Flip-flop.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Children are entertained by a couple of performers in the park.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Left to right. Molley Agnew Boyce(9) from Fortwilliam and Ted Anderson(2) from Holywood play with a device which makes sounds as they draw.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. General views of the park.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Swedish juggler Ture Holm from Premiere Circus pictured in the park.
FLASHBACK - memorable moments brought to you by Ulster's wild weather
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Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
It might look like a lake but this is a town centre road in Enniskillen
Minister Michelle Gildernew arrives by boat at the Erneside Shopping Centre
Vehicles battling through the floods in Lisnaskea
Local people using alternative transport to get through flooded roads at the Erneside Shopping centre
Staff at the Share Centre, Irelands' Largest Residential Outdoor Activity Centre based in Smiths Strand, Lisnaskea on the edge of Upper Lough Erne, pictured rowing through the reception area
A stranded driver at the Erneside Shopping centre
A Rivers Agency worker helps a stranded driver at the Erneside Shopping centre on the edge of Upper Lough Erne after heavy rain has caused major flooding in the area - The level of Lough Erne is the highest on record after days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding and disruption in County Fermanagh
A Rivers Agency worker using sandbags and waterpumps to stop a river overflowing at the Erneside Shopping centre on the edge of Upper Lough Erne after heavy rain has caused major flooding in the area - The level of Lough Erne is the highest on record after days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding and disruption in County Fermanagh
Chris McHugh with his son Jacob aged 14 months, on the flooded Samsonagh road near his home in Co Fermanagh
A farmer on the flooded Samsonagh road near Co Fermanagh
A school bus from Killyhommon Primary School, Co Fermanagh, makes its way through a flooded road
Rescue personnel conduct a door to door search for trapped people in the High St of Cockermouth
Cars abandoned on the Glenshane Pass this morning. Picture Martin McKeown. 31.3.10
A car which was involved in an accident on the Glenshane Pass on as heavy snow played havoc on the roads in teh North West. 30.3.10
Workmen push their van after getting stuck in snow on the Glenshane Pass.. 30.3.10
Rain and wind 'battered' early morning shoppers in Belfast's city centre
A snowplough tows a lorry on the Glenshane Pass. 30.3.10
The grounds around Stormont started to flood during the bad weather
Heavy rain and snow effect various parts of Northern Ireland. The banks of the River Lagan at Drumbeg overflow due to the heavy rain. March 31 2010
A car drives through flooded roads on the outskirts of Ballymena, Co Antrim
River moyola tobermore. picture submitted by Rod Mulholand.Tobermore. 30.03.2010
Heavy rain and wind in Belfast
A woman walks across the M3 in heavy snow in Cavan
A delivery man works in heavy snow in Cavan town
A woman walks through heavy snow in Cavan
Belfast Telegraph readers' pics of winter weather: Icy Waterfall on January 11. By Katie S., Killarney National Park
Snowy Fence around Ballymena. By Barry Lau - Ballymena
RIVER BANN,BALLYDOWN,BANBRIDGE, BY STEPHEN McDOWELL
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
Entrance to Belvoir. By Des Meredith at Belvoir
belvoir forest park. By fiona donnan  belfast
Lisburn's Winter Wonderland. By Tom, Lisburn
Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast
Wallace Park, Lisburn. By Tom, Lisburn
Strule Bridge. By Stevie, Omagh
Angela Eadie & her daughters having fun in the snow.
Cycling like madman on Sunday. By Lawrence Smith , Cavehill
Pictures taken in Aghagallon Village. By Etta Mullan
River Blackwater Maghery
near ballymoney. By nev walker
Foyle Walkway Derry. By Patsy Devine. Derry City
Eglinton village on a winter's morning. By tony doherty
Glenelly Valley Co Tyrone. By Patsy Devine Stroanbrack Co Tyrone
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. A BMX demonstration in the park.

With temperatures soaring across Northern Ireland, coats and umbrellas have finally been ditched in favour of sunglasses and sunscreen.

Official figures from the Meteogroup revealed the mercury rocketed at Castlederg, with it claiming the top temperature of 26C.

Playful water fights took place on our busier than usual beaches and crowds flocked to parks and green areas to soak up some very welcome sunshine.

Vitamin D levels were boosted while families dusted down the barbecue and sourcing a burger bun anywhere come the afternoon was an almost impossible task.

Gemma Plumb, a forecaster with the Meteogroup, told the Belfast Telegraph that the rest of Europe is bathing in sunshine at the moment and the temperatures Northern Ireland is experiencing are above average for this time of year.

The sun worshippers among us and those keen on eating outside or pottering about in the garden will be pleased to hear we are in for more of the same over the coming days.

“It will remain very warm for the next few days,” Gemma said.

“Sunday currently looks like it should be mainly sunny and dry.

“There is a risk of isolated showers in the afternoon, but I think you would be very unlucky to get them,” she added.

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