The Eleventh and Twelfth of July is set to be filled with “sunny intervals” as Northern Ireland gears up for the annual festivities.

According to the Met Office, Thursday, July 11, is set to be a “dry and bright day with occasional sunny spells” in Belfast.

The meteorological service also said most of Northern Ireland will be “dry” with “isolated light showers”.

“It will be feeling pleasant in any sunshine, winds mostly light with a maximum temperature of 18°C,” said the Met Office.

Friday, July 12, is set to be warmer, with plenty of dry weather with bright or sunny spells.

The Met Office also said Friday will “feel pleasant in any sunshine”, but did warn there will be “occasional showers” – but these will be mainly at the weekend.

The sunny spells forecasted comes as last year’s Twelfth celebrations fell within one of the wettest July’s on record.

Parades on the day had to be halted due to the torrential rain in some parts of Northern Ireland.

According to the Met Office, 185.4mm of rain fell in July 2023 – more than double its long term average for the month, with the record previously held by July 1936 which recorded 185.2mm of rain.

According to Met Éireann, 2023 was confirmed as Ireland’s wettest year on record.

The news that a dry, and at times sunny, July 12 will be welcomed by those attending the events across Northern Ireland.

Parades will be hosted in Belfast, Killylea, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Cloughmills, Ahoghill, Broughshane, Gilford, Newtownards, Ballynahinch, Annalong, Irvinestown, Londonderry, Moneymore, Benburb, Newtownstewart, Ballygawley and Derriaghy.

This year’s route in Belfast will continue along its usual 10-mile walk this year with over 70 bands taking part.

The parade is set to begin from Belfast Orange Hall, at Carlisle Circus, at 10am shortly after a wreath-laying ceremony at Belfast City Hall.

In addition to the parade in Belfast, the city centre will also be hosting outdoor event ‘Orangefest’, which launched in 2007.

Kicking off at 9am, it includes a line-up from an international food market in the grounds of City Hall organised by Food NI and Taste of Ulster, offering up a range of local and international cuisines, as well as live cooking demonstrations.

Circus and street entertainers will also be performing street theatre on the grounds, where stilt walkers, drumming workshops from community drummers, drop-in circus skills and circus shows will all be provided for free and will be suitable for all ages.