Ulster set to bask in sunshine

Pacemaker Press 21/5/2012 Enjoying the good weather at the City Hall in Belfast Yesterday   Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 21/5/2012 Enjoying the good weather at the City Hall in Belfast Yesterday Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

ULSTER will finally be able to strip off the winter woolies this week, with forecasters predicting the first taste of summer right across the Province.

May has been particularly disappointing so far, with the usual sunny “exam weather” having failed to materialise and central heating systems still burning away.

However, this week’s warm spell is expected to last from today until at least Saturday, with temperatures of between 23C and 24C expected for Thursday and Friday.

Paul Mott, of Press Association Weather, told the News Letter: “April and May have been cooler and it certainly seems like this week will be the first taste of summer for Northern Ireland.

“There will be some spells of dry sunshine [Tuesday] with temperatures around 21C, with warmer temperatures throughout the rest of the week.

“It will be largely dry with plenty of sunshine and temperatures will climb to 23/24C on Thursday and Friday.

“The temperature in Northern Ireland will be highest in the west, for example, in places like Campsie, Fermanagh and Londonderry, and it will be slightly cooler in the east at around 21C with the Co Down coast being as cool as 19C. But that said, it will still be warm, dry weather.

“The highest temperatures will be on Thursday and Friday, up to 24C in the west of Northern Ireland and around 21C in Belfast and the east.”

He said that Saturday and Sunday will also be “fairly warm” at around 21C, “but could be higher”.

“It will be a dry start to the weekend but there will be an increased risk of showers on Sunday.”

He added: “The warm weather will continue through into next week although it will be quite unsettled with sun and showers and quite breezy.

“The temperatures will not be as high as this week but they will be above average at 17C to 18C.”

The balmy weather will benefit the rest of the UK too with temperatures of 25C expected to grace some parts of the UK this week.

Tom Tobler, also a forecaster with Press Association, said: “It’s certainly turning quite warm this week and things will really start to heat up from Wednesday onwards.”