Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Soaking up the sunshine as temperatures soar to 26C

(L-R) Laura Beattie, Caitlin Buick and Rebecca Baker studying for exams in Botanic Gardens, Belfast yesterday

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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