Weather: Northern Ireland to bask in 28C temperatures this week
Temperatures will soar in Northern Ireland this week with a peak of up to 28 degrees expected on Wednesday.
After a sensational weekend of weather, today and tomorrow will see some mild cloud cover, but temperatures will still reach between 24 and 25 degrees.
"It's all looking good on the weather front for Northern Ireland," Met Office forecaster Rachel West said of the latest burst of summer.
"On Wednesday the clouds will be gone so it will be similar to Sunday, with larger increases in temperature, from 27 to 28 degrees.
"To put that in context, the warmest June temperature previously recorded in Northern Ireland was 30.8C in 1976.
"So Wednesday will be starting to knock on the door of that record."
Wednesday looks set to be the hottest day as Thursday will see the return of some cloud, with a contrast between the north-west which will stay warm and the south-east, which will cool down slightly. Friday is also set to be more moderate.
Over the weekend there was no question that summer crowds across Northern Ireland would allow the sunshine to go to waste.
In Lisburn on Saturday evening, there were ideal conditions for a picnic and to enjoy an evening of spectacular music at the People's Concert in Wallace Park. Thousands listened to songs from some of the world's greatest musicals, blockbusting Hollywood soundtracks, as well as all-time favourite opera classics and haunting Celtic melodies. Opera star Peter Corry headlined the family-friendly concert with the acclaimed Celtic choral group Anuna also appearing. Adding to the spectacle was a display from Highland Pipers, Wallace High School Chamber Choir and pupils from BSPA Lisburn School.
The special Bicentenary Gala concert celebrated the 200th birthday of Sir Richard Wallace, a well-known art collector and philanthropist.
Yesterday, hardy members of Newry Triathlon Club travelled to Rostrevor to take on a bracing 1.5km swim in Carlingford Lough but dried off quickly in the sun with a 40km cycle as part of a gruelling training regime ahead of the Top of the Mourne Triathlon taking place this Thursday.
There was a far more leisurely pace in Bangor, however, as families flocked to enjoy ice creams, while others cooled down with a dip in the water at Helen's Bay beach.
While the heat can affect anyone, older people and young children are most at risk.
The hottest time of the day is between 11am and 3pm - try to avoid spending too long in sun at this time.
Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen with UVA protection and wear a hat and light scarf.
Drink plenty of cold drinks and avoid excess alcohol and caffeine.
Ensure that babies, children, elderly people or pets are not left alone in stationary cars, and check on elderly or sick neighbours.