Northern Ireland has its hottest ever day

Northern Ireland’s hottest day has been recorded, according to the Met Office.

By Staff Reporter
Sunday, 18th July 2021, 9:14 am
Helen's Bay Beach on Saturday with temperatures over 25 degrees. Celsius

Elsewhere in Co Down the temperature passed 30C. Photograph by Declan Roughan
Helen's Bay Beach on Saturday with temperatures over 25 degrees. Celsius Elsewhere in Co Down the temperature passed 30C. Photograph by Declan Roughan

Saturday saw temperatures soar across the region, with the mercury hitting 31.2 degrees (88F) in Ballywatticock close to Newtownards in Co Down at 3.40pm.

Previously, the highest temperature of 30.8 °C was recorded on July 12, 1983 and June 30, 1976.

The heat saw hordes of day trippers head to the beach to cool off, with police reporting heavy traffic congestion in Helen’s Bay, meanwhile train ticket sales to the popular coastal town in the afternoon were suspended due to high passenger numbers.

The heatwave also affected the rest of the UK.

A temperature of 30.7 degrees was recorded at Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire, England, 29 degrees was recorded in Usk, in Monmouthshire, Wales and 28.2 degrees was recorded in Threave, in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland.

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