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Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann  Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

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Tuesday 30th June 2015
Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.

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Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann  Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

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Tuesday 30th June 2015
Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.

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Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann  Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

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Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.The friends who model for the Alison Campbell Modelling Agency.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/06/2015 Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.The friends who model for the Alison Campbell Modelling Agency. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Penny from London enjoying the weather, during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 29, 2015.  See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read  Philip Toscano/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Penny from London enjoying the weather, during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 29, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read Philip Toscano/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Frida Ekholm, 22, relaxes on the greens outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, as temperatures over 28C (83F) have been recorded in Surrey, making today the hottest day of the year so far. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 30, 2015. Kew Gardens recorded 28.1C (83F) at 1pm, beating the previous high of 27.8C (82F) in Gravesend, Kent, last Friday - and temperatures are expected to rise further. See PA story WEATHER Heatwave. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Frida Ekholm, 22, relaxes on the greens outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, as temperatures over 28C (83F) have been recorded in Surrey, making today the hottest day of the year so far. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 30, 2015. Kew Gardens recorded 28.1C (83F) at 1pm, beating the previous high of 27.8C (82F) in Gravesend, Kent, last Friday - and temperatures are expected to rise further. See PA story WEATHER Heatwave. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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A Young Child Relaxing in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. Pic: PACEMAKER

A Young Child Relaxing in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. Pic: PACEMAKER

Relaxing in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. Pic Pacemaker

Relaxing in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. Pic Pacemaker

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. May 2016

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People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.  Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER

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Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER

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Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER

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Hundreds of sun worshippers take a welcome break from work to have their lunch break and soak up some sunshine at City hall in Belfast.

Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye

Stephen Hamilton 23rd June 2015 - Presseye.com Hundreds of sun worshippers take a welcome break from work to have their lunch break and soak up some sunshine at City hall in Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye

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General views of members of the public enjoying the weather at Belfast City Hall this afternoon.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th June 2015 - General views of members of the public enjoying the weather at Belfast City Hall this afternoon. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Tuesday 30th June 2015
Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
Dylan McBurney and his daughter Corrina (5) enjoying some ice cream.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather. Dylan McBurney and his daughter Corrina (5) enjoying some ice cream.

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Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/06/2015 Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Wednesday 10th June 2015
Sunshine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wednesday 10th June 2015 Sunshine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.

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Festival goers Natasha Carter (left), 30, and Jade Elgey, 24, both from Middlesbrough enjoy the hot weather at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 25, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Festival goers Natasha Carter (left), 30, and Jade Elgey, 24, both from Middlesbrough enjoy the hot weather at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 25, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/06/2015 Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Pictured is Nina Conlon and Naomi King during the warm weather at Helens Bay in co Down 


Picture - Kevin Scott  / Belfast Telegraph

Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Wednesday 10th June 2015 - Weather Pics Pictured is Nina Conlon and Naomi King during the warm weather at Helens Bay in co Down Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Wednesday 10th June 2015
Sunshine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wednesday 10th June 2015 Sunshine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.

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Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/06/2015 Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Blue Sky at the Odyssey  on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland ahead of the tall ships coming to Belfast.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 Blue Sky at the Odyssey on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland ahead of the tall ships coming to Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press Belfast 22-04-2015: Warm weather across Northern Ireland. Jay McKean from Belfast pictured enjoy the sunshine in Belfast City Centre Northern Ireland.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 22-04-2015: Warm weather across Northern Ireland. Jay McKean from Belfast pictured enjoy the sunshine in Belfast City Centre Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 22-04-2015: Warm weather across Northern Ireland. Natasha O'Hare from Belfast pictured enjoy the sunshine in Belfast City Centre Northern Ireland.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 22-04-2015: Warm weather across Northern Ireland. Natasha O'Hare from Belfast pictured enjoy the sunshine in Belfast City Centre Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

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Anna O'Brien (left) with Lisa McDowell (right) and little Emma Enjoying the sunshine at Helen's Bay beach in Northern Ireland on thursday during the hot weather 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 11/6/2015 Anna O'Brien (left) with Lisa McDowell (right) and little Emma Enjoying the sunshine at Helen's Bay beach in Northern Ireland on thursday during the hot weather Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Stephen Hamilton  23rd June  2015 - Presseye.com
Hundreds of sun worshippers take a welcome break from work to have their lunch break and soak up some sunshine at City hall in Belfast.

Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye

Stephen Hamilton 23rd June 2015 - Presseye.com Hundreds of sun worshippers take a welcome break from work to have their lunch break and soak up some sunshine at City hall in Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Tuesday 30th June 2015
Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.

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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Tuesday 30th June 2015
Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.

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A girl cools off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an "extreme risk" to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains.  AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

A girl cools off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an "extreme risk" to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

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A man cools off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an "extreme risk" to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains.  AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

A man cools off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an "extreme risk" to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

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From L-R Ellie Wilkinson and Emma Francis Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 From L-R Ellie Wilkinson and Emma Francis Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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General views of members of the public enjoying the weather at Belfast City Hall this afternoon.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th June 2015 - General views of members of the public enjoying the weather at Belfast City Hall this afternoon. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  People cool off in a fountain outside the Southbank Centre on June 30, 2015 in London, England. The UK is currently experiencing a heatwave, with temperatures of 35 degree celsius forecast tomorrow in some parts of the country. The extreme heat has already seen train cancellations and a health warning has been issued. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: People cool off in a fountain outside the Southbank Centre on June 30, 2015 in London, England. The UK is currently experiencing a heatwave, with temperatures of 35 degree celsius forecast tomorrow in some parts of the country. The extreme heat has already seen train cancellations and a health warning has been issued. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

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A picnic at Loughshore Park

A picnic at Loughshore Park

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Ellie Wilkinson and Emma Francis at Belfast City Hall

Ellie Wilkinson and Emma Francis at Belfast City Hall

People soak up the sun at Belfast City Hall yesterday

People soak up the sun at Belfast City Hall yesterday

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Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The sun has come out and - as is tradition - the public has flocked to the outdoors to celebrate.

Sunday was the hottest day of the year, so far with temperatures hitting 20 degrees.

While in England, the temperature hit 27.

And the mercury appears not to have hit its peak yet as temperatures are set to reach higher than those in the party island of Ibiza, with 24oC forecast on Monday.

Emma Boorman, a Met Office forecaster said: "It's the warmest day of the year.

"There's lots of lovely sunshine out there to enjoy. The final temperatures are still coming in but all four countries in the United Kingdom have recorded their highest temperatures of the year."

Bookmaker Coral is offering even money that 2016 is the hottest year on record in the UK after the firm saw a sustained gamble over the last 48 hours leading them to slash the odds from 3-1.

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It is also offering just 2-1 that the record high of 32.8C (91F) is broken in May, while it is 6-4 for 30C (86F) to be recorded this month.

Spokesman John Hill said: "Punters are convinced we are set for the hottest year on record in the UK as we've seen a sustained gamble in the betting over the last few days.

"We may not have to wait long for 30C or higher to be recorded in 2016 as the odds suggest it is likely to arrive this month."

Ladbrokes also said bets had been pouring in and it has been offering 2/1 for the mercury to reach 30C or higher before the weekend is out.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "It's getting hotter by the day and punters are convinced the sunshine's here to stay all summer."

Pollution levels are expected to peak on Sunday, with high levels possible locally and widespread moderate air pollution.

Those heading outdoors to enjoy the fine weather are also warned to be aware that UV levels will be high.

From Monday temperatures could hit 24 degrees in Northern Ireland and as the week progresses, temperatures are still likely to be mild, but will fall day on day.

But we should make the most of the good weather while it lasts as there is more cloud forecast for Wednesday.

Warnings have been issued to those with respiratory problems, as the continental heat will bring an unusually high dose of air pollution.

The change in temperature is expected to bring an increase in dirty particulate matter, caused by exhaust fumes, dust and other pollutants, according to Defra.

The heatwave will be a relief after Armagh Observatory reported the coldest April in 27 years.

A spokesman said April 2016 was slightly cooler than April 2012 and the coldest at Armagh since 1989.  It was also drier and duller than average.

"There were several quite sharp ground frosts, and particularly towards the end of the month a cool breeze established containing showers in which were recorded sleet, snowflakes, snow and ice pellets, as well as hail," he said.

"There were 21 nights with ground frost and five with night-time air frosts. Buzzards were noted circling over the Astropark on the April 20 and 22."

The warm weather will also be good news for gardeners.

Horticulturist Gareth Austin said: "This weekend is looking like a key period for gardening, especially here in the North West. Ground conditions have warmed up recently and now is looking like a key time to get the first of the summer flowering dahlias planted.

"For many, it could be the first chance to get their lawns cut due to the persistent wet ground conditions in many gardens - although the abundance of dandelion flowers has been greatly appreciated by the bees in our gardens."


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