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Get the shades out - soaring temperatures mean Northern Ireland could rival Spain for sun

Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland with very little rainfall with as seen here at Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, where the water level has dropped to show the old bridge and road which ran through the area before the dam was built. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland with very little rainfall with as seen here at Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, where the water level has dropped to show the old bridge and road which ran through the area before the dam was built. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland with very little rainfall with as seen here at Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, where the water level has dropped to show the old bridge and road which ran through the area before the dam was built. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: 10 year old Cora Knocker from Belfast pictured in Belfast enjoying the Beautiful weather in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 28/06/2018 Cooling down at the water fountain during the hot weather in Belfast on Thursday, that is thought to be the hottest day of the year, as the sunshine continues. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Adrienne Maginness from Belfast.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Katie Shearer and Joshua Reid from Ballyclare.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Joshua aged 9 and mum Tanya McClelland from Lisburn.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Sophia McKillion from Dungannon.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Francesca McKillion, Sophia McKillion and Marion McKillion all from Dungannon.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Peter Lawther from Carrickfergus.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Phil Graham from Moira.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Anna Mc Cavana aged 11, Sarah Gaw aged 3 and Catherine Gaw aged 11 all from Randalstown.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Anna Mc Cavana aged 11, Sarah Gaw aged 3 and Catherine Gaw aged 11 all from Randalstown.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Anna Mc Cavana aged 11 and Catherine Gaw aged 11 from both from Randalstown.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Jarek Stanczak enjoying the sun.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Tanya McClelland from Lisburn
Pacemaker Press 28/06/2018 Cooling down at the water fountain during the hot weather in Belfast on Thursday, that is thought to be the hottest day of the year, as the sunshine continues. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/06/2018 Cooling down at the water fountain during the hot weather in Belfast on Thursday, that is thought to be the hottest day of the year, as the sunshine continues. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-06-2018: Northern Ireland weather is to be hot or very hot, perhaps the hottest day on record. The Met Office say the hottest day on record currently stands at 30.8 Celsius. Walkers pictured enjoying the early morning weather in Hazelbank Park near Belfast. Picture By Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-06-2018: Northern Ireland weather is to be hot or very hot, perhaps the hottest day on record. The Met Office say the hottest day on record currently stands at 30.8 Celsius. Walkers pictured enjoying the early morning weather in Hazelbank Park near Belfast. Picture By Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-06-2018: Northern Ireland weather is to be hot or very hot, perhaps the hottest day on record. The Met Office say the hottest day on record currently stands at 30.8 Celsius. Walkers out enjoying the early morning weather in Hazelbank Park near Belfast. Picture By Arthur Allison.
(L-R) Louise McFredrick and local boxing star Michaela Walsh in Botanic Gardens / Credit: Press Eye/ Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Lorenzo Rogers Camarena aged 1, Karla Rogers Camatena and Domnic Corra.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Dennis Kurmis from Lithuania enjoys the sun in Botanic
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Dennis Kurmis from Lithuania enjoys the sun in Botanic
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Charlie Nesbitt and Georgia Gorman having fun in the sprinkler system.
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
From L-R Hilary Robinson , Pat and Donald Nesbitt enjoying the warm weather at Castle gardens in Antrim on Wednesday, as the nice weather continues. Pic Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2018 People enjoy the sunshine in Botanic Gardens in Belfast as Northern Ireland continues to get good weather. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2018 People enjoy the sunshine in Botanic Gardens in Belfast as Northern Ireland continues to get good weather. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pacemaker Press 30/5/2018 A Dog cools down during the warm weather at Castle gardens in Antrim on Wednesday, as the nice weather continues. Pic Pacemaker
Catching rays on Ballycastle Beach on Monday as part of the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival which runs from now until the 3rd June with a packed programme of activities on Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
(L-R) Alphie Mc Cormack aged 10 from Lisburn and Charli-Jo Phoenix aged 9 from Lisburn. Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION Aaron Conolly aged 9 from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION Tom Wade aged 18 months from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION Aaron Conolly aged 9 from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION (L-R) Micah Wylie aged 4 from Belfast and Lucy Boucher aged 5 from Antrim.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Sarah Dornan from Belfast, Margaret Mitchell from Belfast and Bobby and Sandra McKay from Holywood.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION (L-R) Tara Janssen, Matthew Curliss and Desmond King, all from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 A sun hat for the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. PIC Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Sunseekers enjoying a beautiful hot sunny day in the grounds of Botanic Gardens in Belfast.
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan People enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Marie Byrne aged 3 from Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Conor Gormley and Caolan Teague busking and enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
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Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Clare Quinn from Cookstown Lorna Loughran from Newry and Kiera O'Neill from Lurgan enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Katie Sugrue from Newtownbutler and Eimear Cassidy from Derry enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Clare Quinn from Cookstown Lorna Loughran from Newry and Kiera O'Neill from Lurgan enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan People enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Carnew near Katesbridge. Credit: Glynis Herron.
Tom Wallace (2) enjoying an ice cream in Botanic gardens during the warm weather. Pic by Peter Morrison
Hundreds of people enjoy the warm weather at Botanic gardens. Pic by Peter Morrison
Poodles play and paddle at Benone Strand in Co-Derry as temperatures soar to mid-twenties on Wednesday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 23-5-18

By Gerald Lennon

You can bring out the sun cream and shades again - because temperatures are set to rise over the weekend.

Forecasters say the unsettled weather of the last few days is going to give way to another hot spell.

Fraser Ralston of the Met Office said we can expect to enjoy a full week of dry, fine weather.

"It's looking pretty good, a dry settled spell is due to set in and that will hold through until at least the middle of next week.

"The temperature will slowly nudge up, still quite cool over the next few days but on Sunday you'll see the first signs of warmth, possibly rising to 21 degrees in the Belfast area.

"That will slowly continue to climb into Monday and Tuesday and stay in the low 20s, and on Wednesday around the 24 mark could be quite typical over Northern Ireland, with some nice sunshine and the nights will become warmer."

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If the temperatures do rise to the mid-20s they could again match some parts of France, Italy and even Spain, thanks to warm air arriving from the mid-Atlantic.

This will be a welcome change after the strong winds from Storm Hector last week which caused unseasonal damage across the province, downing trees and disrupting travel.

The nights will slowly get warmer as well, possibly rising to the mid-teens.

"It will be noticeably warmer from Sunday onwards.

"It won't be endless sunshine however, but it will be fine weather," added Mr Ralston.

The winds will be light, so areas in mid Ulster and Armagh could be the warmest in NI, while areas along Belfast Lough could be a little cooler, but are still expected to be in the early twenties.

Today people should be waking up to patchy clouds and some good sunny spells.

Moderate northwesterly winds will keep the north coast cool, but the rest of Northern Ireland should feel a shade warmer.

Belfast and Lagan Valley will be a shade warmer today, so expect dry and bright weather all day.

The better weather is not all good news, however.

Those with hay fever will suffer, as pollen counts will be higher as the week continues.

Spores from grass pollen will be elevated over the weekend and will gradually rise due to the warmer weather, becoming very high early next week.

And of course health officials are warning people to take the usual precautions against the stronger UV rays.

The Public Health Agency advises people to use sunscreen with a minimum of factor 15 to help combat the harmful rays and to remember that the sun is at its strongest in the middle of the day, particularly between 11am and 3pm.

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