Northern Ireland seaside packed on hottest day of year
It's not every day we bask in temperatures similar to Barcelona or Bordeaux - but yesterday was an exception as Northern Ireland enjoyed the hottest day of the year.
Revellers flocked to coastal towns to make the most of the heat as temperatures edged towards the all-time record of 30.8C set in 1976.
The west of the province came closest to breaking the record yesterday, while Belfast hit 27C at around lunchtime.
This was after Castlederg in Co Tyrone peaked at 27C on Tuesday, claiming the title of our hottest place.
In Lisburn, Largymore Primary School sent pupils home early.
TV weatherman Barra Best was at the school and tweeted: "School's out for summer! After classrooms hit over 30C, Largymore P.S. in Lisburn has closed early for the day to allow the kids to cool down."
Sun worshippers descended on the Bangor seafront as the North Down coast peaked at 26C in the afternoon. Nigel McNeilly, operations manager at the Pickie Funpark in Bangor, said that business was booming.
"It's been great. This year we are just under 35% up, predominantly down to the really good spell that we've had over the last two months," he said.
Woodies Surf Shop has been a staple on Portrush Main Street for 29 years, welcoming parents and children on sunny days as well as avid surfers all-year round.
Employee Michael Leslie said that the weather puts a smile on everyone's face.
"People are happier to spend money when the sun's out," he added.
In Newcastle, Co Down, temperatures reached the mid-20s. Kent's Amusements owner Brian O'Boyle hopes the weather lasts.
"It's good for the town and it's good for us," said the 76-year-old.
The warm weather was enjoyed all over Ireland and the UK, with London edging towards the 30C mark, and Glasgow and Dublin coming just under. More of the same is expected today as the summer heatwave continues.
With the rising temperatures have come warnings to ensure people keep safe in the sun.
The RNLI has advised beach-goers to only swim at strands with lifeguards, while the NHS has highlighted how essential it is to keep hydrated. In York, two dogs had to be rescued from roasting conditions in a car as police smashed a window to save them.