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David Mulligan enjoys the sun.  June 2010

David Mulligan enjoys the sun. June 2010

Caislin Himson, Ann-Marie Denver and Caitrina Grogin, all from County Londonderry enjoying the heatwave at Portstewart.

Caislin Himson, Ann-Marie Denver and Caitrina Grogin, all from County Londonderry enjoying the heatwave at Portstewart.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Sunbathing in the hot sunshine at Portstewart Strand Beach. June 2010

Sunbathing in the hot sunshine at Portstewart Strand Beach. June 2010

Jack Williams, enjoys water jets at Portstewart during the warm sunshine. June 2010

Jack Williams, enjoys water jets at Portstewart during the warm sunshine. June 2010

Ulster basks in the sunshine.  Newscastle beach

Ulster basks in the sunshine. Newscastle beach

A couple relaxing  at The Cresent in Portstewart . 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

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 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

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

Sarah Bryce, Rachel Bryce, Emma Holmes and Kyle Boyd at Helens Bay . May 2010

Emily McAllister, in Belfast

Emily McAllister, in Belfast

Jayde Deegan and Tomas Manning at Helens Bay. May 2010

Jayde Deegan and Tomas Manning at Helens Bay. May 2010

Laura Murray and Blaine McMillan, Belfast City Hall.

Laura Murray and Blaine McMillan, Belfast City Hall.

Caran Winchester,  in Belfast

Caran Winchester, in Belfast

Sarah Hanna and Megan Harding at Helens Bay. May 2010

Sarah Hanna and Megan Harding at Helens Bay. May 2010

Kristina McAllister, in Belfast. May 2010

Kristina McAllister, in Belfast. May 2010

Mairtin Lyons and Sarah-Leagh Meenan at Helens Bay. May 2010

Mairtin Lyons and Sarah-Leagh Meenan at Helens Bay. May 2010

Niamh  and  Sarah-Leagh Meenanat ,Helens Bay. May 2010

Niamh and Sarah-Leagh Meenanat ,Helens Bay. May 2010

Lauren Tracey, pictured in Belfast. May 2010

Lauren Tracey, pictured in Belfast. May 2010

The fountains at Custom House Square in Belfast. May 2010

The fountains at Custom House Square in Belfast. May 2010

Alan Lewis

Emma Boyle and Eimear McDonnell enjoy the good weather at the Belfast City Hall

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

Alice Kavanagh, right from Monastervin, Co. Kildare and Ella Weld from Newbridge, Co. Kildare enjoy some ice cream at the Curragh races. May 2010

Damien Eagers

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

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

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

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

21 year old Diana Divoux from   France, who is studying in Belfast, soaking up the   sun on the banks of Belfast Lough. 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

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

A Common Marmoset enjoys a date filled ice cream at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. May 2010

Andrew Milligan

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.

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.

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.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Swedish juggler Ture Holm from Premiere Circus pictured in the park.

22nd May 2010.  Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast.  A BMX demonstration in the park.

22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. A BMX demonstration in the park.

22nd May 2010.  Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast.  Seven-year-old Libby Maloney from Belfast meets one of the circus characters in the park.

22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Seven-year-old Libby Maloney from Belfast meets one of the circus characters in the park.

22nd May 2010.  Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast.  Seven-year-old Chloe Leinster from Fortwilliam getting her face painted.

22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Seven-year-old Chloe Leinster from Fortwilliam getting her face painted.

22nd May 2010.  Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast.  Fluffy the dragon from Cork Circus pictured in the park.

22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Fluffy the dragon from Cork Circus pictured in the park.

May 2010.  Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast.  Left to right.  Harry Felmingham(6) Ruben Maloney(6) and his sister Libby(7) pictured in the park.

May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Left to right. Harry Felmingham(6) Ruben Maloney(6) and his sister Libby(7) pictured in the park.

2nd May 2010.  Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast.  A cinema in the park.

2nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. A cinema in the park.

2nd May 2010.  Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast.  Five-year-old Natasha Hamilton from Ardoyne gets her face painted.

2nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Five-year-old Natasha Hamilton from Ardoyne gets her face painted.

2nd May 2010.  Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast.  Seven-year-old Chloe Leinster from Fortwilliam after getting her face painted.

2nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Seven-year-old Chloe Leinster from Fortwilliam after getting her face painted.

2nd May 2010.  Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast.  Julie Ann Turley(8) with her sister Aimee Smith Turley(3) from the Newlodge.

2nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Julie Ann Turley(8) with her sister Aimee Smith Turley(3) from the Newlodge.

A newly arrived brown bear from Sweden cools down in its pool with a fruit filled ice lolly at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. May 2010

A newly arrived brown bear from Sweden cools down in its pool with a fruit filled ice lolly at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. May 2010

Andrew Milligan

David Mulligan enjoys the sun. June 2010

A spell of high pressure brought with it soaring temperatures and bright sunshine which saw people across the province getting outside and making the most of the great outdoors.

On Friday, Ballykelly in Co Londonderry enjoyed the highest temperature in Northern Ireland at almost 25 degrees. The highest recorded temperature on Saturday was in Katesbridge, Co Down, where the mercury topped almost 25 degrees.

The heatwave continued yesterday and peaked at 26 degrees in Helen’s Bay in Co Down.

However, a cold front moving into Northern Ireland overnight was to bring with it some patches of drizzle and cloud today.

Maurice Scollie, a forecaster with the Met Office, said: “We can expect to see temperatures return to normal over the next few days and would expect to see them at about 14 or 15 degrees for this time of year.”

Belfast Telegraph