Yesterday was hottest day of year in Northern Ireland

Employees at SDC Trailers outside Toome cool down with ice-cream from an ice-cream van put on by the management this afternoon.

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Employees at SDC Trailers outside Toome cool down with ice-cream from an ice-cream van put on by the management this afternoon. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Yesterday proved to be the hottest of the year so far in Northern Ireland with temperatures reaching 25 degrees in many parts.

The highest temperature was recorded as 25.8 degrees at Magilligan, Co Londonderry.

Similar temperatures are expected today, however Saturday is forecast to bring some thundery rain.

Things pick up again on Sunday and Monday with more sunny spells predicted, though not in the same range experienced on Thursday.

The highest temperature in the UK was recorded as 28 degrees in Aboyne near Aberdeen.