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Hosepipe ban is now in effect across Northern Ireland

Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland with very little rainfall with as seen here at Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, where the water level has dropped to show the old bridge and road which ran through the area before the dam was built. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland with very little rainfall with as seen here at Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, where the water level has dropped to show the old bridge and road which ran through the area before the dam was built. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Warm weather continues across Northern Ireland with very little rainfall with as seen here at Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, where the water level has dropped to show the old bridge and road which ran through the area before the dam was built. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: 10 year old Cora Knocker from Belfast pictured in Belfast enjoying the Beautiful weather in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press 28/06/2018 Cooling down at the water fountain during the hot weather in Belfast on Thursday, that is thought to be the hottest day of the year, as the sunshine continues. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Adrienne Maginness from Belfast.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Katie Shearer and Joshua Reid from Ballyclare.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Joshua aged 9 and mum Tanya McClelland from Lisburn.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Sophia McKillion from Dungannon.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Francesca McKillion, Sophia McKillion and Marion McKillion all from Dungannon.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Peter Lawther from Carrickfergus.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Phil Graham from Moira.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Anna Mc Cavana aged 11, Sarah Gaw aged 3 and Catherine Gaw aged 11 all from Randalstown.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Anna Mc Cavana aged 11, Sarah Gaw aged 3 and Catherine Gaw aged 11 all from Randalstown.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Anna Mc Cavana aged 11 and Catherine Gaw aged 11 from both from Randalstown.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Jarek Stanczak enjoying the sun.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - Portstewart Beach - 30th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Tanya McClelland from Lisburn
Pacemaker Press 28/06/2018 Cooling down at the water fountain during the hot weather in Belfast on Thursday, that is thought to be the hottest day of the year, as the sunshine continues. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/06/2018 Cooling down at the water fountain during the hot weather in Belfast on Thursday, that is thought to be the hottest day of the year, as the sunshine continues. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-06-2018: Northern Ireland weather is to be hot or very hot, perhaps the hottest day on record. The Met Office say the hottest day on record currently stands at 30.8 Celsius. Walkers pictured enjoying the early morning weather in Hazelbank Park near Belfast. Picture By Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-06-2018: Northern Ireland weather is to be hot or very hot, perhaps the hottest day on record. The Met Office say the hottest day on record currently stands at 30.8 Celsius. Walkers pictured enjoying the early morning weather in Hazelbank Park near Belfast. Picture By Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-06-2018: Northern Ireland weather is to be hot or very hot, perhaps the hottest day on record. The Met Office say the hottest day on record currently stands at 30.8 Celsius. Walkers out enjoying the early morning weather in Hazelbank Park near Belfast. Picture By Arthur Allison.
(L-R) Louise McFredrick and local boxing star Michaela Walsh in Botanic Gardens / Credit: Press Eye/ Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Lorenzo Rogers Camarena aged 1, Karla Rogers Camatena and Domnic Corra.
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Dennis Kurmis from Lithuania enjoys the sun in Botanic
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Dennis Kurmis from Lithuania enjoys the sun in Botanic
Press Eye - Weather Pictures Botanic Gardens - Belfast - 27th June 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Charlie Nesbitt and Georgia Gorman having fun in the sprinkler system.
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
From L-R Hilary Robinson , Pat and Donald Nesbitt enjoying the warm weather at Castle gardens in Antrim on Wednesday, as the nice weather continues. Pic Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2018 People enjoy the sunshine in Botanic Gardens in Belfast as Northern Ireland continues to get good weather. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2018 People enjoy the sunshine in Botanic Gardens in Belfast as Northern Ireland continues to get good weather. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pacemaker Press 30/5/2018 A Dog cools down during the warm weather at Castle gardens in Antrim on Wednesday, as the nice weather continues. Pic Pacemaker
Catching rays on Ballycastle Beach on Monday as part of the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival which runs from now until the 3rd June with a packed programme of activities on Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
(L-R) Alphie Mc Cormack aged 10 from Lisburn and Charli-Jo Phoenix aged 9 from Lisburn. Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION Aaron Conolly aged 9 from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION Tom Wade aged 18 months from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION Aaron Conolly aged 9 from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION (L-R) Micah Wylie aged 4 from Belfast and Lucy Boucher aged 5 from Antrim.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Sarah Dornan from Belfast, Margaret Mitchell from Belfast and Bobby and Sandra McKay from Holywood.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION (L-R) Tara Janssen, Matthew Curliss and Desmond King, all from Belfast.
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Crawfordsburn Beach - Weather Pictures - 28th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 A sun hat for the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. PIC Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/05/2018 Enjoying the hot weather at Hazelbank Park in near Belfast on Bank holiday Monday, which is thought to be the warmest day of the year. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Sunseekers enjoying a beautiful hot sunny day in the grounds of Botanic Gardens in Belfast.
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan People enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Marie Byrne aged 3 from Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Conor Gormley and Caolan Teague busking and enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan No Photo Permission Obtained
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Clare Quinn from Cookstown Lorna Loughran from Newry and Kiera O'Neill from Lurgan enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Katie Sugrue from Newtownbutler and Eimear Cassidy from Derry enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Clare Quinn from Cookstown Lorna Loughran from Newry and Kiera O'Neill from Lurgan enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Press Eye - Weather Pictures - 25th May 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan People enjoying the weather at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland finalists Lucy Spratt (White top / Pink stripe bikini), Nicole Beggs (Blue and white top / White Bikini) and Saha Boyle (Yellow top / Pink Bikini) enjoying the sunny weather at Helen's Bay ahead of the grand final organised by ACA Models taking place on Monday 28th of May at the Europa Hotel (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Carnew near Katesbridge. Credit: Glynis Herron.
Tom Wallace (2) enjoying an ice cream in Botanic gardens during the warm weather. Pic by Peter Morrison
Hundreds of people enjoy the warm weather at Botanic gardens. Pic by Peter Morrison
Poodles play and paddle at Benone Strand in Co-Derry as temperatures soar to mid-twenties on Wednesday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 23-5-18

The first hosepipe ban in Northern Ireland for over two decades came into effect on Friday afternoon.

It is the first time such restrictions have been in place since 1995, although it is still unclear what penalties those who float the ban will face.

The Belfast Telegraph has contacted NI Water to ask what penalties are in place for anyone breaking the hosepipe ban.  

Northern Ireland Water said demand was outstripping supply, leaving them with no option but to bring in the ban in order to save water.

Elsewhere across the UK consumers are being urged to take simple steps to reduce the amount of water they use.

Top tips include taking a shorter shower, not leaving the taps running and re-using paddling pool water for plants in the garden.

NI Water chief executive Sara Venning said: "We have maximised our water production and need customers' help to reduce demand.

"We are asking customers to take heed of the hosepipe ban and stop non-essential water use - using hoses and sprinklers is causing demand to exceed the capacity to supply."

Britons enjoyed the hottest temperature of the year for the fourth day in a row on Thursday as the mercury soared to 33C (91.4F) in Porthmadog in Wales.

While temperatures appear to have peaked for now, they will remain high into the weekend and early next week.

Saturday could see 29C (84.2F) in England and Scotland, 27C (80.6F) in Northern Ireland and Wales, and predicted highs of around 31C (87.8F) in some parts of the UK by Monday.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: "We are going to see a continuation of the current warm spell but the temperatures over the next few days are not likely to be the warmest of the year so far.

"I think for now temperatures have peaked and we are not expecting to see any records today.

"We will begin to have a slightly fresher feel, bringing the temperatures down, not by much, by one or two degrees."

Gritters have been deployed in some areas, spreading crushed rock dust onto melting roads to create a non-stick layer between the surface and vehicles.

Motorists have been advised to use warm soapy water to wash sticky tar from their vehicles.

Some railway tracks have soared to nearly 50C (122F), leading them to expand and bend.

Trains had to be stopped from running over a section of track near Carlisle station on Thursday.

Speed restrictions have been in place all week on the route from London Waterloo to New Malden due to the scorching temperatures, causing delays to services.

Translink Rail services also felt the heat as they were forced to delay and cancel services across Northern Ireland on Thursday as rail lines reached over 50C and began to buckle.

The Met Office's heat-health watch alert has remained at level two all week, meaning social and healthcare services are at the ready to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

This week is the first time since 2013 all four nations in the UK have seen temperatures of 30C or above, the Met Office said.

Public Health England issued a warning saying the extreme heat may pose a risk to the most vulnerable.

The rising temperatures have also come with warnings to be careful near water and in the countryside, where fire crews have been tackling wildfires.

The heat has already claimed casualties.

The family of 13-year-old Ryan Evans, whose body was recovered on Wednesday, two days after he got into difficulty at Westport Lake in Stoke-on-Trent, warned of the dangers of playing and swimming in open water.

They said: "We just cannot emphasis enough the dangers of swimming in open water, especially where young children are concerned.

"Our message is simple, please don't do it."

A 17-year-old boy was found dead in the River Aire in Leeds in the early hours of Wednesday morning following a search and rescue operation.

It is believed he got into difficulties while swimming on Tuesday evening.

The body of a man was also recovered from a lake in Nutfield, Surrey, on Monday.

The RNLI has urged those heading to the seaside to seek out beaches with a lifeguard.

There is bad news for farmers growing crops and the firefighters and soldiers battling the ongoing incident on Saddleworth Moor in north-west England as no significant rainfall is forecast in the coming days.

Mr Madge said: "There is a low probability of showers on Sunday. If they do bring some rainfall it would be in the South West but that will be very sporadic."

Parts of Saddleworth Moor have been alight for six days, with firefighters saying it could take weeks to extinguish.

A new moorland blaze - on Winter Hill, near Rivington, Lancashire - broke out on Thursday with huge plumes of smoke visible from the area surrounding the moorland.

Firefighters are also still fighting a 500-metre long gorse fire on the Glenshane Pass in County Londonderry, more than 48 hours after it first broke out.

The RSPCA called on pet owners to keep a close eye on their animals in the heat after receiving 625 calls about animals in hot environments between June 11 and 24 - the majority about dogs in hot cars.

The hot spell is good news for gardeners, with horticultural experts saying it could help produce excellent vegetables, fruit and flowers.

The Royal Horticultural Society have suggested people use waste water from the kitchen to keep plants nourished and to reduce demand for water.

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