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Northern Ireland weather: Temperatures to drop to lowest in months while Europe basks in heatwave

By Staff Reporters

While Europe swelters in a near-record heatwave, householders in Northern Ireland could be reaching for their jumpers with temperatures set to plummet over the next 72 hours.

Temperatures in some parts of Ireland will drop to 14C - the coldest it has been for almost two months.

Cloudy conditions, scattered showers and chilly temperatures are expected as an Atlantic front dominates the weather over the coming week.

Today will offer the best of weather conditions here, but the average temperature is expected to slide to an average of 18C.

Wednesday may also see spells of sunshine though with the risk of showers. Some could prove very heavy on Wednesday or Thursday, when it will be cooler and fresher.

But according to the Met Office, the UK could see warmer-than-average temperatures in the autumn. Its three-month outlook does not suggest the hot weather will last that long but it may be "warmer than average".

The outlook shows an increased chance of high-pressure systems close to the UK, meaning settled conditions are more likely than unsettled weather from our typical Atlantic systems.

It comes amid a sweltering European heatwave, with holidaymakers in Portugal and Spain feeling the brunt of the sun.

The mercury is being driven higher by a hot air mass moving north from Africa, bringing dust from the Sahara Desert.

British holidaymakers abroad are being warned to avoid spending time in the sun during the hottest part of the day and to keep hydrated.

Last week, local records were smashed in eight areas of Portugal, while Lisbon broke a 37-year-old record, with the thermometers reaching 44C on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Armagh Observatory has reported that more than half of the month's recorded rainfall in the city came on one day, making it the wettest July day for 33 years there.

It was the warmest and sunniest July recorded in Armagh for five years with an average monthly temperature of 17C, although total precipitation was only slightly down thanks to the deluge on July 28, the wettest day of the month.

July 4 was the month's warmest day in Armagh when temperatures hit 27.1C.

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