NORTHERN Ireland experienced its hottest day since records began on Wednesday with temperatures reaching over 31C in parts of the country.
According to figures released by the Met Office, the mercury was highest in Castlederg in Co. Tyrone, with a peak temperature of 31.3C at around 2.30 pm.
Remarkably, it's the second time this week the record has been broken. On Saturday, Ballywatticock in Co. Down reported searing heights of 31.2C.
These are the highest temperatures recorded in the country since records began in 1910.
Northern Ireland's previous highest temperature was 30.8C, which was recorded on July 12, 1983 as well as on June 30, 1976.
Northern Ireland has for the second time in 5 days provisionally broken it's all-time temperature record 📈
Castlederg in County Tyrone recorded a temperature of 31.3 °C at 1437 this afternoon 🌡️
This exceeds the 31.2 °C that Ballywatticock recorded last Saturday #heatwave pic.twitter.com/M4viWndTEi
— Met Office (@metoffice) July 21, 2021
Elsewhere, temperatures have been fluctuating between 24C and 30C as the island of Ireland continues to melt in this unforgiving heatwave.
Northern Ireland is currently under an Amber Warning for Extreme Heat. The warning came into effect this morning and will remain in effect until 11:59 pm on Friday, July 23.
On Tuesday, the Met Office said: "The current hot weather is expected to continue until later this week, with daytime temperatures peaking on Wednesday and Thursday. High overnight temperatures are also expected before temperatures fall on Friday."