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The hottest on record, but plenty of sights to chill you

By Joanne Sweeney

Northern Ireland has enjoyed one of the mildest Halloweens in years but it was still six degrees cooler than other parts of the UK.

The Met Office announced yesterday that this year's Halloween was the warmest on record, with the top temperature for the day captured in Gravesend in Kent at 23.5C.

At 12.20pm, the Met Office tweeted: "Charlwood has beaten Filton, recording 22.5C. This makes it the warmest #Halloween on record!"

Less than an hour later, it tweeted: "The warmest #Halloween on record has been broken again with Gravesend recording 23.5C."

The previous mildest temperature record was taken in Dartford, Kent, in 1968 and matched parts of Greater London in 1989.

The top Northern Ireland temperature yesterday was 17.3C taken at 2pm at Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove, according to national forecaster MeteoGroup.

However, John Wylie of the Met Office in Antrim confirmed that while we have been experiencing unseasonally mild weather for the time of year, it was not in the record-breaking region.

"There has certainly been temperatures recorded at 17C and even 18C for the end of October, so today's high is mild but it has been milder at this time of year before."

He added that it was too soon to predict that - as some sources have suggested - Northern Ireland would experience a harsh winter due to our mild summer this year.

"We would not be looking at what the core temperature for Northern Ireland would mean for the winter months until at least the end of November."

But our temperature did surpass Madrid's high of 17C.

Conditions were close to those in many popular holiday destinations, including Rome (20C), Barcelona (22C) and San Francisco (19C).

However, forecasters are expecting temperatures to fall to 12C today, 11C tomorrow and a chilly 8C on Monday.

Today will start off dry with some sunny intervals but clouding over with rain in the afternoon, turning heavy over Fermanagh and Armagh, while tomorrow will have sunny spells and scatterings of showers.

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