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Ballywatticock… the hottest place in NI ever

Quaint townland which is found in Co Down set new high temperature as it surpassed 38-year-old record

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Amended road sign at Ballywatticock in Co Down where a new high of 31.2 degrees was recorded. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Amended road sign at Ballywatticock in Co Down where a new high of 31.2 degrees was recorded. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Hotting up: crowds at Helen’s Bay beach on Saturday where temperatures reached over 25 degrees

Hotting up: crowds at Helen’s Bay beach on Saturday where temperatures reached over 25 degrees

A paddle boarder at Kilclief beach in Strangford Lough

A paddle boarder at Kilclief beach in Strangford Lough

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Amended road sign at Ballywatticock in Co Down where a new high of 31.2 degrees was recorded. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

It is the little known part of Northern Ireland that has suddenly entered the history books.

The shores of Strangford Lough could have easily been mistaken for a Spanish seaside resort at the weekend after temperatures reached record highs — peaking in the townland of Ballywatticock.


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