Mild Christmas weather in Derry

Wintry conditions on Fahan Street last Christmas. (2712MM215)

Wintry conditions on Fahan Street last Christmas. (2712MM215)

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Derry experienced one of its warmest Christmas days on record this year with the temperature at a balmy 13˚ Celsius.

The weather was in stark contrast to this time last year when the temperature fell as low as minus 14˚.

In fact the weather in the North was the mildest Christmas day on record in the UK with a high of 14.3˚ recorded at Murlough, County Down.

The milder weather was certainly welcomed by the hundreds of local people who took part in the annual Christmas Day swim at Lisfannon and Leenan in Inishowen.

Those who braved the water found it much warmer than last year when the sand had actually frozen on the beach.

The St Stephen’s Day weather was also much improved on last year with temperatures of 13˚ Celsius in the city.

The outlook for the rest of the week also looks good with the mild weather remaining until the weekend.

The temperature is due to fall slightly tomorrow to 9˚. Forecasters have said the remainder of the week will be dry as well as mild although rain is likely towards the end of the week on Friday.