Published Sunday, 27 May 2012
The maximum temperature on Sunday climbed to a sweltering 24C.
Families came from across Northern Ireland to enjoy the sun-splashed Co Down coastline.
Some of the braver ones even took a dip in the sea to cool down.
And with weather to rival the likes of Madrid and Athens on their doorstep, some said they will be happy to be at home this summer.
"It's absolutely fantastic," one man told UTV.
"It's great to stay in your own country and you don't have to go away when the weather is like this."
Another woman said: "It's fabulous and I hope it lasts so everybody comes to Newcastle!"
Meanwhile hundreds of cars carrying sun-worshippers have descended upon the beach at Portstewart Strand on the North Coast.
The Seahill, Helen's Bay and Crawfordsburn areas have also been very busy.
Forcasters at the Met Office said Monday will bring more clouds but there will also be good sunny periods everywhere, and temperatures will return to near normal by the middle of next week.
If you've been out enjoying the sunshine this weekend, send us your pictures for our gallery.
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