Weather: Northern Ireland basks in sunshine and it’ll get hotter
Forecasters predict warm weather set to continue
The UK enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far yesterday - and forecasters predict the heatwave will continue.
After a weekend of wall-to-wall sunshine around the UK, temperatures in London's St James Park peaked at 29.4C yesterday, in line with sunny holiday hot spots in southern Spain.
Today, the mercury in Northern Ireland could tip 27C in the west, with 23C expected in the east.
Wednesday could be even warmer, with 28C possible - making it the hottest day of the year.
Temperatures will then dip slightly as the weekend approaches.
Very high levels of pollen and UV mean that hay fever sufferers are in for a difficult time.
The previous highest temperature recorded in the UK was 29.1C at St James Park, central London, on April 19.
The top temperature Northern Ireland recorded this year was on May 29, when the heat hit 25.3C in Castlederg in Co Tyrone.
In the Republic Met Eireann issued a Status Yellow high temperature warning which will remain in place until 9pm on Friday.
The hottest place in Ireland yesterday was Carlow, where temperatures sizzled at 27.5C.
Water restrictions could be imposed across the Republic from late summer and into September if the dry spell continues and consumption remains high.