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Eighteen-month-old Ayana Conatantinescu at the lough shore in Newtownabbey

Eighteen-month-old Ayana Conatantinescu at the lough shore in Newtownabbey

Stephen Hamilton

A greylag goose at Victoria Park, Belfast

A greylag goose at Victoria Park, Belfast

Stephen Hamilton

A lamb on the outskirts of the city

A lamb on the outskirts of the city

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Eighteen-month-old Ayana Conatantinescu at the lough shore in Newtownabbey

These were the springtime scenes across Northern Ireland yesterday as the weather took a turn for the better.

After days of rain and chilly temperatures, people took the opportunity to soak up the sunshine. Among those enjoying the warmer climes was a greylag goose spotted at Victoria Park in Belfast.

It follows an Easter washout which proved a major disappointment for families on holiday.

However, the coming days are to be unsettled. Today is forecast to be cloudy and windy with rain at times, although drier and brighter weather will spread from the southwest in the afternoon.

It is expected to become more mild in the sunshine, with a maximum temperature of 12C.

The outlook for tomorrow until Monday is mixed.

According to the Met Office, it will be generally bright and quite mild through the weekend. But Monday is set to see a return to rain, with some afternoon showers.

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It isn't only Northern Ireland that has suffered from the weather in the last few months.

Met Office data showed the average UK rainfall last month was 104.4mm, the highest for March since 2008 when it reached 122.5mm. The latest figure includes the heavy snowstorms, dubbed the Beast from the East, which came in two waves.


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