Two years ago we had snow storms in March

The Glenshane Pass in March 2010, where motorists became snowed in for some six hours.

The Glenshane Pass in March 2010, where motorists became snowed in for some six hours.

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As Derry and Donegal continue to enjoy the good weather Met Eireann confirmed that the unseasonally good summer rays are set to last until “at least” Friday.

As both counties flock to the beach, the park and the garden, it is worth noting that only two years ago locals were topping up their cars with de-icer as the North “est was hit by late-March snow storms.

Commuters from Belfast to Derry found themselves ‘snowed-in’ on the Glenshane Pass for up to six hours.

Fast forward to 2012 and the temperature switches from Arctic to Mediterranean.

The highest temperature recorded locally at the weekend was 19.9 degrees on Sunday while on Saturday the thermometer hit 16.1.

“These measurements are a few degrees higher than Ireland could normally expect at this time of year,” according to the Met office spokesperson.

“Normally we would expect the thermometer to sit in and around the low teens at this time of year. This is due to a large area of high pressure which currently sits over Ireland.

“This anti-cyclone is causing settled weather and high temperatures and is not inclined to move too much over the next few days. That is except for the moderate Southernly airflow which is bringing in the area of high pressure.

“While it may get cooler late in the week, it is still not expected to rain until after then,” reassured the spokesperson.