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Hosepipe ban introduced as temperatures continue to soar

A hosepipe ban has been introduced across the north as temperatures continue to soar. Picture by Mal McCann.
Áine Quinn

The north's first hosepipe ban in more than 20 years came into force yesterday as temperatures continued to soar.

The Northern Ireland Water ban was introduced as temperatures topped 30c for the third day running.

The last time a hosepipe ban was put in place was 1995, a year which saw similar high temperatures.

NI Water chief executive Sara Venning said: "We have maximised our water production and need customer's help to reduce demand.

"We are asking customers to take heed of the hose pipe ban and stop non-essential water use - using hoses and sprinklers is causing demand to exceed the capacity to supply.”

Weather chiefs have warned that the high temperatures are set to continue.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: "We are going to see a continuation of the current warm spell but the temperatures over the next few days are not likely to be the warmest of the year so far.

"We will begin to have a slightly fresher feel, bringing the temperatures down, not by much, by one or two degrees."

Meanwhile, firefighters have put out a mile-long gorse fire at Glenshane Pass in Co Derry which raged for two days.

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