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Ballywatticock, Thomastown and Althahinch Filters get their day in the sun

Mark Bain reports on Northern Ireland’s weather stations

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Hotting up: a paddleboarder enjoying the heat wave at Portrush East Strand. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Hotting up: a paddleboarder enjoying the heat wave at Portrush East Strand. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Science: Donald Ferguson, Met Office Regional Network Manager for Northern Ireland. Credit: Steven McAuley

Science: Donald Ferguson, Met Office Regional Network Manager for Northern Ireland. Credit: Steven McAuley

The Met Office weather station at Armagh Observatory

The Met Office weather station at Armagh Observatory

Donald Crowe at the weather station in his garden at Ballywatticock on the Ards Peninsula, which recorded a temperature of 31.2 degrees on Sunday

Donald Crowe at the weather station in his garden at Ballywatticock on the Ards Peninsula, which recorded a temperature of 31.2 degrees on Sunday

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Hotting up: a paddleboarder enjoying the heat wave at Portrush East Strand. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

They are not exactly names that trip off the tongue. You may have passed through them without even knowing you were there.

For Ballywatticock, read also Thomastown, Killylane, Peatlands and Altnahinch Filters – the locations of Met Office weather stations feeding information on temperature, wind speed, clouds and atmospheric pressure back for analysis. If you are asked to pinpoint them on a map, there would be a few puzzled faces.


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