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Northern Ireland enjoys warmest day of the year but England hit by flash floods

By Victoria Leonard

Northern Ireland basked in the warmest day of the year so far yesterday - with the mercury hitting a record high of 23.6C in Castlederg in Co Tyrone.

Families across the country flocked to the coast in a bid to cool down as the temperatures heated up on a glorious Bank Holiday Monday.

And the good weather looks set to continue today, with the Met Office predicting that mist and fog will soon clear to leave another fine day with warm sunny spells.

While there will be more cloud and light winds, temperatures could still reach a scorching 23C. The outlook is also positive for Wednesday, when local people can look forward to another mainly dry day with sunny spells.

However, the spell of uninterrupted blue skies looks set to end overnight on Wednesday, with Thursday and Friday turning cloudier.

There could also be outbreaks of rain, perhaps thundery, though some warm sunny intervals and light winds are still expected.

It has been very different in other parts of the UK. Flash flooding in England resulted in the tragic death of a man in his 80s. The pensioner's car was submerged in flood water in Walsall in the early hours of Monday, following heavy rainfall.

The Midlands was hit by extremely wet weather on Sunday, with more than a month's rain falling in Birmingham in just one hour.

More thunderstorms are forecast for parts of Wales and England but the rainfall is unlikely to be as intense as Sunday's, the Met Office has said.

A number of people had to be rescued from their homes amid the flash flooding, while Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had been "extremely busy".

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