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Beaches packed as Northern Ireland temperatures climb to 26C

People enjoying the sun at Helen’s Bay in Co Down yesterday
People enjoying the sun at Helen’s Bay in Co Down yesterday
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Northern Ireland basked in sweltering heat yesterday as the UK faces another bout of hot weather.

The soaring temperatures and widespread balmy conditions come as high pressure brings warmer air north from Europe. Yesterday saw the mercury hit 26C (78F) at City of Derry Airport, while visitors to the Giant’s Causeway also enjoyed a high of 25C.

Families flocked to beaches across Northern Ireland, including Helen’s Bay in Co Down, while lunchtime sun seekers were also out in force in the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

But forecasters say it’s a case of enjoy it while you can, as the high temperatures will dip slightly today with a maximum of 24C forecast.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Wednesday will be a mainly bright day with sunny spells and a few scattered showers.

“Patchy mist and fog may affect eastern coastal parts but it will feel very warm with a southerly or southeasterly breeze.

Temperatures will remain high overnight, making it uncomfortable to sleep.

“Conditions are expected to return closer to normal as we head through the weekend when the weather becomes more unsettled with an increased chance of showers for many.

“Thursday and Friday will continue very warm and humid with bright spells but also a few heavy and thundery showers possible.

“It will become a little cooler with some rain or showers possible on Saturday.”

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