Northern Ireland

Spring 2017 'warmest on record for Northern Ireland'

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Image caption Northern Ireland has enjoyed its warmest Spring on record

Spring 2017 has been the warmest on record for Northern Ireland.

The mean temperature from 1 March - 31 May was 9.2C - that is 1.3C above the seasonal average.

The season also recorded 112% of normal sunshine hours at 478.4 hours.

Just 82% average rainfall fell during the three-month period with 198.1mm recorded.

The records date back to 1910. Overall, spring 2017 for the UK as a whole has ranked second warmest on record.