It was standing room only on Ulster’s north west coast yesterday as bumper crowds flocked to the seaside resorts of Portstewart and Portrush.
The warm Easter weather brought a welcome boost for traders – including the eternally popular Barry’s Amusements that drew children of all ages throughout the day.
One day-tripper told the News Letter: “A member of staff at Barry’s said to me ‘Saturday was busy, today has been very busy, but tomorrow (Easter Monday) we are expecting the biggest day of the holidays’.
“The weather was quite warm and the beaches, both on the East and the West Strand, were fairly well packed. There was a really relaxed atmosphere about the place.”
By contrast, the north Down beaches at Helen’s Bay and Crawfordsburn Country Park were reported to be relatively quiet at lunchtime yesterday.
Temperatures today are expected to reach 16C on the north coast but no higher than 13C in some areas of Fermanagh and south Down.
There will be widespread cloud cover today, with some showers in many inland areas, before it brightens up later in the afternoon – particularly across the north and east.
Tuesday is expected to be cloudy with temperatures no higher than 12C.