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Northern Ireland has recorded the hottest temperature in the country's history.
On what was an absolutely scorching Saturday (17 July), the mercury hit 31.2C (88.1F) in Ballywatticock, County Down.
It broke the previous record of 30.8C, which was first reached on 30 July 1976, and again on 12 July 1983.
The Met Office announced the news on Twitter, writing: "Today is provisionally the hottest day ever recorded in Northern Ireland.
"Ballywatticock in County Down reached 31.2C at 15.40.
Today is provisionally the hottest day ever recorded in Northern Ireland :chart_with_upwards_trend: :open_mouth:
Ballywatticock in County Down reached 31.2 °C at 15.40 :thermometer:️
Previously, 30.8 °C was the highest #temperature recorded in Northern Ireland, reached on 12th July 1983 and 30th June 1976 #heatwave pic.twitter.com/pFIDwHmCvG
- Met Office (@metoffice) July 17, 2021
"Previously, 30.8C was the highest temperature recorded in Northern Ireland, reached on July 12 1983 and June 30 1976."
Due to the high number of people heading towards Helen's Bay to enjoy the sun yesterday, Translink even suspended tickets for the service, warning that trains had to operate at a reduced speed due to the heat.
#TRAIN :information_source: Due to high track temperatures trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines. Disruption is expected until 20:00 today ^JC- Translink (@Translink_NI) July 17, 2021
According to the Met Office, the warm weather is set to continue across the UK over the coming days.
The site said: "Many areas of the UK could reach heatwave criteria in the coming days, with temperatures building day-on-day over the weekend, reaching mid to high 20s on Saturday and Sunday.
"Some places in central and southern parts will reach 30C on Saturday and a few spots could reach 31C during Sunday."
Discussing the next week, Met Office Operational Meteorologist Andy Page said it will remain very warm.
He said: "The extension of the Azores high is the principal reason behind the UK's current weather pattern, which will see much of the UK reach heatwave thresholds over the weekend and into early next week.
"High temperatures will remain in the forecast well into next week, but there's a risk of isolated heavy showers in the south of the UK on Monday and Tuesday, although it should be largely fine for most areas."
But with temperatures set to soar, Public Health England also issued a heat health alert due to last until Tuesday morning (20 July).
Scientific and Technical Lead Dr Owen Landeg said: "Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for many people spells of warmer weather are something they very much enjoy.
"However, for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That's why we're urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk.
"If you're able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support. Also take water with you when travelling and keep up to date with weather forecasts.
"It's also worth remembering the practical steps to keep homes cool during the day as this can aid sleeping at night and give the body time to recover from the heat."
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