Northern Ireland's new highest recorded SLOTXO temperature could be exceeded this week, the Met Office has suggested.The hottest day on record was provisionally reported on Saturday when the temperature in Ballywatticock, near Newtownards in County Down, hit 31.2C."It is possible the [provisional] record may be challenged again on Wednesday or Thursday," said John Wylie of the Met Office."This time it is more likely across central or western parts."The previous high was 30.8C set in the summers of 1976 and 1983.'Footprint of climate change'Mr Wylie said that Saturday's temperature record was "quoted as provisional until the site has been checked by the Met Office"."This value will then be compared to other maximum temperatures nearby with the prevailing weather situation," he said."At the moment we're not seeing anything which might cause us to suspect that value."The checks were standard practice, he said, with a small group of people having to assess the information and decide whether the temperature "can be accepted as a new regional maximum".'Record skewed by ice-cream van'There are about 30 weather stations in Northern Ireland, which include a mixture of automatic and manual recording.Donald Ferguson, the Met Office's regional network manager for Northern Ireland, is due to inspect the station at Ballywatticock on Tuesday.His inspection was an important part of the record verification process, he said.