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Sunday 19 April 2015

Sunny weather set to continue for days

Chantelle McKenna, Curtis Sanders and Seaneen Fleming enjoy the good weather at Botanic Gardens in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Chantelle McKenna, Curtis Sanders and Seaneen Fleming enjoy the good weather at Botanic Gardens in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Ruán Morgan Mullholland, Charlie Smyth, Sinéad Morgan Mullholland, Angela Mullan, Ciara Smythand Laura McGowan enjoy the good weather at Botanic Gardens in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Eiralys and Denise Stevenson Pictured enjoying the weather at Helens Bay in Hollywood. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Families enjoy the weather at Helens Bay in Hollywood. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Ten-year-old Sam Davies from Worcester enjoys the sunny weather on Broad Haven beach in Pembrokeshire, Saturday June 14, 2014. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
Festival goers arriving on the Hovertravel hovercraft in Ryde, before heading to the Isle of Wight Festival on Friday June 13, 2014. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Festival goers arriving on the Hovertravel hovercraft in Ryde, before heading to the Isle of Wight Festival on Friday June 13, 2014. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Jonah Rosenberg-Shuklar, four, who is visiting London, runs in the fountains outside the Southbank centre in central London on Friday June 13, 2014. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A man stands holding a umbrella in the fountains outside the Southbank centre in central London. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Spectators enjoy the midday sun during the AEGON Nottingham Challenge at The Nottingham Tennis Centre, on what is the hottest day of the year so far, and believed to be hotter than in Rio, Brazil where the World Cup is being held. Picture date: Friday June 13, 2014. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire
A six month-old polar bear jumps into the water during warm and sunny weather in their enclosure at the Hellabrunn zoo in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, Rebecca Krizak)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Londoner Catherine Laney reads in the sunshine in Hyde Park as forecasters predict that it will be the hottest day of the year, on June 13, 2014 in London, England. The UK has enjoyed higher than average temperatures for the beginning of June but temperatures are set to fall again over the weekend. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: A man relaxes on a deck chair in Hyde Park on June 10, 2014 in London, England. The Met Office have forecast that Great Britain could be in for three months of warm weather with a 25 per cent chance that on average it may be the hottest summer ever. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Pull out the sunglasses and fire up the barbecue – summer has arrived in Northern Ireland.

The new week is set to start as the old one ended, with blue skies, soaring temperatures and glorious sunshine.

Yesterday saw hundreds of sunseekers head to the beach to take advantage of the good weather, with thermometers pushing above 20C in some places.

And the early part of this week is set to be even better, with forecasters predicting temperatures could hit 24C. Andy Ratcliffe, a forecaster with Meteogroup weather agency, said it was well above the average for this time of year.

The highest temperatures yesterday were recorded at Murlough weather station in Co Down, which hit 20.7C at one stage.

That was slightly under the top UK-wide temperature of 22.4C.

Most people opted to take full advantage of the warm weather and, at Portstewart and Portrush, dozens of cars lined the North Coast's golden strands. And the good news is the sunshine is set to last well into this week.

"Temperatures are going to push up through the next few days," Mr Ratcliffe said. "On Monday we could be looking at highs of 21C or 22C, albeit it will be cooler along the North Coast.

"By Tuesday and moving towards Wednesday the temperatures will be around 23C, possibly touching 24C. After that the temperatures will fall gradually, but we are looking at some nice weather."

Mr Ratcliffe said June as a whole was generally slightly cooler.

"The temperatures are above what we would expect at this time of year," he added. "Belfast's average for June is around 17C to 18C."

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