Published Wednesday, 28 March 2012
The mercury hit 20.9 degrees in Ballykelly in the north-west on Sunday and, while coastal areas did remain a few degrees cooler, the picture was generally bright elsewhere into the mid-week.
Scotland even broke its March record, with 22.8 degrees recorded in Aberdeenshire.
But can local sun-worshippers expect the current conditions to last, given that it is still very early in the year?
Forecasters suggest that the best of the sunshine and warm temperatures will continue until Thursday, with the remainder still fine and mostly dry.
After that though, temperatures are expected to return to nearer average for the time of year and much cooler nights could see patchy frost forming in places.
April could also bring more unsettled conditions, with everything from more sunny spells to rainfall or even wintry showers possible.
But for now, sunglasses and short sleeves are the order of the day as Northern Ireland makes the most of the bright spell while it's here.
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