Life's a beach as Easter sun pops out in Northern Ireland
The shorts and flip-flops were out in force yesterday as Northern Ireland basked in much higher than normal temperatures for April.
Those enjoying the Easter break flocked to the coast and the great outdoors to make the most of the sunshine.
Office workers vied for picnic space at Belfast City Hall during their lunch hour yesterday and many clocked off early to enjoy the bright, sunny evening.
The warm weather also proved a boon to city centre shops which were packed with customers |yesterday.
The sounds of summer were in the air as lawnmowers were dragged out of sheds and gardeners watered parched plants.
Supermarkets did a roaring trade in barbecue accessories, with many selling out of hamburger and hotdog buns.
The sun has shone for most of this week, marking one of the driest spells across the UK and Ireland so far this year.
While the good weather is set |to continue over the Easter |weekend in England and Wales, Northern Ireland is looking a bit more unsettled.
Temperatures will continue to reach 20 degrees Celsius today but there could be some heavy and thundery showers across the province.
- Saturday will be a bit cooler at between 12 and 15 degrees Celsius. It will be a cloudy day with showery outbreaks of rain.
- Easter Sunday is set to be the best day of the weekend, with temperatures rising again to 17 degrees. It should be a dry day, with sunnier spells in the morning and cloud increasing from the west later in the afternoon.
- Easter Monday will begin cloudy with outbreaks of light rain and spells of sunshine later in the day.
Overall, a spokeswoman for weather forecasters, Meteo Group, said: "Temperatures are above average for Northern Ireland at this time of year.
“We would normally see temperatures of 12 or 13 degrees in April.”