PREPARE to crack open the sun cream because this weekend is set to be one of the hottest of the summer with temperatures reaching up to 25 degrees.
A spokesman for the Met Office told the News Letter that Northern Ireland is set for “a little spell of summer”.
But the heatwave will be fleeting and temperatures will cool down again by Sunday evening.
The Met Office spokesman said temperatures were set to hit a balmy 25 degrees today until Sunday, when the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse.
Average temperatures for this time of year are 20 or 21 degrees.
“The temperatures should be resting around 24 to 25 degrees until Sunday,” the weatherman said.
“The north of Northern Ireland is set to be the warmest.”
But he added: “However by the end of Sunday and start of Monday the weather will have become more unsettled, with rain coming in from the south west.”
Our temperatures will compare favourably with more traditionally sunny spots such as Los Angeles (26), Geneva (23), Paris (24) and Tenerife (26).
Andy Hill, owner of Troggs Surf Shop in Portrush, said locals and tourists alike had been surprised and pleased by the hot weather.
“The weather is everything and it has been phenomenal over the last couple of days,” he told the News Letter.
“Twenty-four degrees and not a cloud in the sky – people seem absolutely thrilled to be in Portrush. The sun changes everyone and everyone seems in good form.”
However, the heatwave is not so ideal for surfing, with few waves to be found yesterday.
“Some were disappointed yesterday with the waves, but they picked up in the evening along with an incredible sunset,” said Mr Hill.