Here comes the sun, for a couple of days at least
A taste of summer will arrive this week with hot sunshine staying over Northern Ireland for the next 24 hours.
Temperatures will climb to a balmy degrees today in the province - with the hot spell expected to remain until Friday evening.
Forecasters have said those in the west of the province will experience the best of the short burst of warm, summer sunshine.
But as the southern parts of the UK will continue to bask in the hotter climate on Saturday and Sunday, Northern Ireland will have a drop in temperature.
In the south and west of England and Wales, temperatures are expected to reach the mid to high 20s.
But a cold front will result in temperatures in Northern Ireland falling to around 16 degrees during the weekend, but remaining dry.
Lindsay Dovey, forecaster with Metogroup, said the spell of good weather will last for the next 48 hours.
"There will be a good deal of sunshine across Northern Ireland," he said. "The best weather will be in the west with temperatures reaching an average of degrees, but it should not go below 20 degrees.
"The sunny weather will continue into Friday but a cold front will move in over Northern Ireland and the northern parts of the UK. This will lead to more cloud and less sunshine."
Despite only being a brief sunny spell, it is predicted warmer weather will return to the UK this summer - with forecasters predicting temperatures will remain above 21C in June and July.
They have also forecast it could even hit 32 degrees in certain regions.
If they are right it will be good news for hundreds of thousands of people attending some of the major music and sporting events this month, including Glastonbury and Wimbledon.
The warm summer would come after the UK has enjoyed its warmest spring for 350 years.
From March 1 to May 29 the average temperature was 10.32 degrees.
In the same period, Britain as a whole was at its hottest and driest since 1910. April was also the sunniest month since 1929.