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NI Heat Record Set

NI Heat Record Set 22 July 2021

Extreme heat: NI records hottest day ever for second time in week (via BBC)

By Barra Best

Northern Ireland has provisionally recorded its hottest day on record for the second time in five days. Met Office thermometers hit 31.3C in Castlederg in County Tyrone on Wednesday afternoon.

The previous record was 31.2C, set at Ballywatticock in County Down on 17 July. However, standard procedure means that the equipment at both stations must be double checked to confirm the temperatures. This could take about a week. The previous confirmed record temperature was 30.8C recorded in both 1978 and 1983. This will stand as being the official record until the others are verified.

Northern Ireland is now set to have broken records for the highest and lowest temperatures in just over 10 years. Both records also look set to belong to Castlederg. It recorded –18.7C during the big freeze of 2010. Although it is difficult to pinpoint climate change to a particular record, scientists have been warning that we face more extremes in our weather.

An amber warning for heat has been issued for Northern Ireland until the end of Friday.

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