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Weather: Outlook sunny for Northern Ireland as parts of UK bask in mini heatwave

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People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Temperatures in Northern Ireland are set to spike in the coming days thanks to a mini heatwave across the UK.

Forecasters predict the mercury is set to soar as high as 26C in some spots in the UK.

However, Northern Ireland will miss out on the hottest conditions, but will still see temperatures 7C or 8C higher than average for this time of year - reaching around 18C on Thursday.

Met Office Meteorologist John West said we will be "seeing unseasonably high temperatures as the week goes on and into the weekend also. There will especially be some more sunny weather on Thursday."

Mr West said earlier reports the warm spell was caused by an 'African air plume' were inaccurate, and the temperatures were actually coming from a warmer part of the Atlantic to the west of Spain and Portugal. But before that, this morning is expected to be rainy. It will be occasionally heavy in the west, but becoming drier from the south. It will be a mainly dry afternoon with some long sunny spells.

Forecasters in the Republic have predicted temperatures could rise to 20C by Friday.

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