Mild autumnal weather will continue into middle of week
The mellow autumn days we've been enjoying this week are set to stay for a while yet, according to a Met Office expert.
As the leaves turn to reds, browns and golds, Met Office forecaster Paul Arbuckle told the Belfast Telegraph that the above average temperatures Northern Ireland has been enjoying will continue well into next week.
"It's going to be relatively mild for the time of year," he said last night.
"Temperatures will continue at 16-18C - around three degrees above the seasonal average."
Today and tomorrow will both be fine autumn days, starting a little cloudy, but brightening quickly, with just a little patchy rain creeping into the west of the province in the afternoon.
The south wind will keep temperatures up, making this weekend ideal for forest walks and outdoor activities in general.
It's not until Wednesday that tradition reasserts itself, he said, as an "angry band of rain" sweeps in, continuing until Thursday.