Northern Ireland sizzled for the second day in a row yesterday, with temperatures almost reaching 25C.
However, temperatures across the Province remained enjoyable for most people in contrast to Great Britain, which endured the hottest July day on record with temperatures soaring to 36.7C at Heathrow.
The heat in Great Britain resulted in melting roads and cancelled trains with urgent health warnings issued and paramedics dealing with a surge in calls amid fears the hot weather could result in deaths.
A spokesman for forecasters Meteogroup said temperatures across Northern Ireland yesterday were more evenly distributed than was the case on Tuesday, when the north coast was significantly hotter than the Co Down coast.
Yesterday temperatures across the Province ranged from 20-24C compared to 18-25C on Tuesday.
Politicians on the hill at Stormont enjoyed hothouse conditions of 22.6C, while Belfast International Airport reached 24.8C, Magilligan 20.8C and the Giant’s Causeway 20.2C.
The Meteogroup spokesman said today will be cloudy with some sunny skies and a few showers which may be heavy later, and temperatures of 20-21 – not quite as warm as yesterday.
“Friday will see similar temperatures, but it will be a fine day with no rain and sunny periods,” he said.
“Friday night into Saturday will see a risk of heavy rain showers moving in which should clear by Saturday morning.
“There will be sunny spells on Saturday with temperatures again at around 19-20 and the rest of he day largely dry but perhaps breezy.”
Sunday will also be fairly breezy with scattered showers, some of which could be heavy, with temperatures slightly cooler at 18-19C, he added.
Next week could be a bit changeable and cooler, he said.
The Met Office recorded a temperature of 36.7C (98F) in Heathrow yesterday, making Britain hotter than Barcelona, Ibiza and Athens.
The London Ambulance Service said callouts to people fainting increased by more than a third compared to the same day last week.
Great Britain trains were blighted by delays and cancellations due to concerns about buckling tracks. AA said it had been called out to reports of road surfaces melting in the heat.