Belfast Telegraph

Forecasters predict cooler temperatures and a little rain for Northern Ireland

By David Young

Northern Ireland is facing another week of Mediterranean temperatures - although it's likely to be cooler than last week and we may even see some rain.

That will be welcome news to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), which revealed that Friday was one of its busiest days on record, with a 34% increase in calls.

"We have been dealing with 676 gorse fires over the last week, including 76 on Friday, while the total number of incidents has risen by 8%," a spokesperson said.

There have been over 900 gorse fires in the past 10 days, killing animals and destroying plants and wildlife habitats, NIFRS added. The UK as a whole will be relatively cooler this coming week, with average daytime temperatures in the low to mid-20s as opposed to the high-20s and low-30s like last week, but still firmly in heatwave territory.

"Northerly winds will be coming in and beginning to freshen things up," Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said. "Temperatures will still be above average, in the low and mid-20s, but it will be notably cooler than last week when we were regularly seeing 30C."

The days will be cloudier this week, according to forecasters, with a few showers possible here on Wednesday. The coming weekend could see bands of rain from the west, increasing the chance of persistent showers.

That will be good news for water companies struggling with supply issues. But in the meantime, Northern Ireland's hosepipe ban continues for domestic customers.

Some 200 breaches of the ban have already been reported to NI Water, 140 of them after tip-offs from members of the public.

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