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Northern Ireland facing week of record-breaking temperatures

Temperatures are expected to rise above 30C on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Neil Russell, and his wife, Liz, walk their dog Teddy at Spelga Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains (Liam McBurney/PA)

Neil Russell, and his wife, Liz, walk their dog Teddy at Spelga Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains (Liam McBurney/PA)

Neil Russell, and his wife, Liz, walk their dog Teddy at Spelga Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains (Liam McBurney/PA)

Northern Ireland is facing a week of record-breaking temperatures, forecasters have predicted.

As the region basks in a July heatwave, the Met Office said temperatures could rise above 30C on Wednesday and Thursday.

Northern Ireland recorded a provisional record high temperature on Saturday, when the mercury hit 31.2C in Ballywatticock close to Newtownards in Co Down at 3.40pm.

Previously, the highest temperature of 30.8C was recorded on July 12 1983 and June 30 1976.

But, it is possible the new record may be exceeded within days.

John Wylie, from the Met Office, said that engineers would be checking the equipment at Ballywatticock over coming days to validate the record temperature.

It is nice to say I have witnessed a historic event, but, by the same token we are seeing the footprint of climate change all over our weather patterns nowJohn Wylie, Met Office

He told the BBC: “Temperature records these days are a big deal, we need to make sure, double check the equipment is working correctly.

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“Nothing at the site has changed from the last visit that we made when servicing the site months ago, so it is just to double check and then we have got to compare that value with temperatures around the site as well.

“At the moment we are not seeing anything which would suspect that particular value but we definitely need to visit the site. That is standard procedure.”

He added: “The record has stood since 1976 and 1983. This beat it by almost half a degree.

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A dry creek that feeds into Spelga Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains (Liam McBurney/PA)“It is nice to say I have witnessed a historic event, but, by the same token we are seeing the footprint of climate change all over our weather patterns now.“All over the northern hemisphere, temperature records are falling on a regular basis and of course these extreme temperature events, we would have been seeing that every seven years, that has come down to every three or four years. These events are becoming more frequent.“It is possible record may be challenged again on Wednesday or Thursday. This time it is more likely across central or western parts.“Saturday was a one-off extremely hot day, when we look at what is going to happen this week we are going to see a more prolonged period of hot weather. With temperatures possibly exceeding 30 degrees on a couple of days with some very warm, humid nights.”[caption id="2.61019292" align="alignnone" width="750"] A 30mph road side in Ballywatticock has been adapted (PA)

A dry creek that feeds into Spelga Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains (Liam McBurney/PA)“It is nice to say I have witnessed a historic event, but, by the same token we are seeing the footprint of climate change all over our weather patterns now.“All over the northern hemisphere, temperature records are falling on a regular basis and of course these extreme temperature events, we would have been seeing that every seven years, that has come down to every three or four years. These events are becoming more frequent.“It is possible record may be challenged again on Wednesday or Thursday. This time it is more likely across central or western parts.“Saturday was a one-off extremely hot day, when we look at what is going to happen this week we are going to see a more prolonged period of hot weather. With temperatures possibly exceeding 30 degrees on a couple of days with some very warm, humid nights.”[caption id="2.61019292" align="alignnone" width="750"] A 30mph road side in Ballywatticock has been adapted (PA)

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A dry creek that feeds into Spelga Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains (Liam McBurney/PA)“It is nice to say I have witnessed a historic event, but, by the same token we are seeing the footprint of climate change all over our weather patterns now.“All over the northern hemisphere, temperature records are falling on a regular basis and of course these extreme temperature events, we would have been seeing that every seven years, that has come down to every three or four years. These events are becoming more frequent.“It is possible record may be challenged again on Wednesday or Thursday. This time it is more likely across central or western parts.“Saturday was a one-off extremely hot day, when we look at what is going to happen this week we are going to see a more prolonged period of hot weather. With temperatures possibly exceeding 30 degrees on a couple of days with some very warm, humid nights.”[caption id="2.61019292" align="alignnone" width="750"] A 30mph road side in Ballywatticock has been adapted (PA)

Sun worshippers have been flocking to beaches and beauty spots amid the heatwave.

Police described traffic congestion in the popular coastal towns of Helen’s Bay and Crawfordsburn in Co Down at the weekend. The road into Helen’s Bay was closed to all but residents on Sunday afternoon as crowds flocked to the beach.

Police in north Antrim ran out of fixed penalty notices when responding to reports of traffic congestion at the scenic Ballintoy Harbour.

The PSNI said 30 drivers on Sunday were issued with fixed penalty notices for a range of parking offences.

PSNI Causeway Coast and Glens said on Facebook: “Unfortunately for around 30 drivers it wasn’t an all pleasant sunny day.

“All of these drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices for a number of offences… As well as this we were also trying to assist with the facilitation of a funeral which needed to get down to Balintoy Church.

“Unfortunately, we ran out of tickets after we emptied the third ticket book.”

NI Water has urged the public to urgently reduce water usage to avoid shortages.

Director of customer operations Des Nevin said if the current demand continues, it will lead to failures in the system and some customers will lose supply.


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