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Hot weather here at last ...but there’s rain ahead

Kirsty Shilliday enjoys a swim at Helen’s Bay
Kirsty Shilliday enjoys a swim at Helen’s Bay
Children having fun at Portstewart Strand
Children boating at Helen’s Bay, Co Down
Parents and children from Glencraig Integrated Primary School near Holywood celebrate the last day of school at Helen’s Bay beach
People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City Hall

By Chris Leebody

Sun-seEkers planning to continue basking in the hottest temperatures Northern Ireland has experienced this summer so far, may be in for some disappointment this weekend.

After the mercury hit over 23°C in parts of the country on Thursday, amid three days of sunny skies, the forecast is warning of rain and cloud settling in over the next 48-hours.

The Met Office has said today may start off bright, but there is the potential for some isolated, heavy showers as Saturday continues. Conditions will be muggy, particularly in the west where temperatures will reach 22°C.

Tomorrow will see the threat of rain increase, with mercury levels taking a dip.

Giving an overview of the weekend, the Met Office's Nicola Maxey explained: "We will see quite a marked change in temperature as the warm air is pushed out of the way by a westerly flow more typical for the UK.

"Temperatures will be back down to what they should be at this time of year."

Looking ahead, she added: "Monday and Tuesday could be nearer 16°c. But temperatures may recover as we go through the week, with Wednesday being the warmest."

While weather here is expected to be a mixed bag, revellers at Glastonbury music festival in Somerset are unlikely to need their wellies, as the sun is set to continue over the famous event amid 34°C heat. Meanwhile, continental Europe will continue to feel the fierce heat of the 'Saharan bubble', which has seen the record temperature broken in France, with a sweltering 44.3° recorded in the south of the country.

 Such is the ferocity of the heatwave, four deaths have occurred and around 4,000 French schools have closed. The African air has seen risk-to-life alerts issued across Italy, Germany and Spain where two people have also died due to the heat.

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