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England enjoys 'taste of spring' on hottest day of the year

Published 03/04/2016

People enjoying the spring conditions on Brighton beach
People enjoying the spring conditions on Brighton beach
A young boy watches a couple exercise as members of the public enjoy the warm weather in Kensington Gardens, London.
Members of the public enjoy the warm weather in Kensington Gardens, London.
A West Highland terrier follows a man carrying hampers as members of the public enjoy the warm weather in Kensington Gardens, London.
Members of the public enjoy the warm weather in Kensington Gardens, London.
Tourists enjoy a punt ride along the river Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
Members of the public enjoy the warm weather in pedalos on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London.
A man enjoys the spring weather in Green Park, London.
A man takes a 'selfie' with blossom as members of the public enjoy the warm weather in Kensington Gardens, London.
Members of the public enjoy the warm weather in Kensington Gardens, London.
Tourists enjoy a punt ride along the River Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
A couple share an ice cream as members of the public enjoy the warm weather in Kensington Gardens, London.
Members of the public enjoy the warm weather in Kensington Gardens, London.
A couple walk past a fountain as members of the public enjoy the warm weather in Kensington Gardens, London.
People enjoying the spring conditions on Brighton beach as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
An early morning jogger on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London, as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year on Sunday as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).

England experienced a "taste of Spring" as it enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far.

A top temperature of 17.2C (63F) was recorded on Sunday in Gravesend, Kent, while central parts of England also basked in warm weather and sunshine.

But the spring weather was brought to an abrupt halt as thundery showers swept in, with further wet weather forecast over the coming days.

Chris Page, from the Met Office, said average temperatures for April were normally around 11C (51.8F) or 12C (53.6F), but much of the South East had enjoyed temperatures in the region of 14C (57.2F) to 16C (60.8F).

Although a welcome break in the weather, the warm spring day failed to top the highest temperature recorded in the UK this year - 18.7C (65.6F) in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, in March.

Officials issued warnings on Sunday for moderate to high air pollution in the South East as southerly winds swept dust from the Saharan region northwards.

While the dust had been expected to settle in parts, thundery "sharp showers" which hit parts of England and Wales on Sunday night are likely to have removed any trace.

Mr Page said: "Because we have had quite a lot of rain it's quite likely to have been washed out now. So you are not going to notice much.

"The only thing you might see tomorrow morning is a little bit of dust on some cars depending on if the rain evaporates overnight."

And the wet weather looks set to continue.

"That was a little taste of Spring," Mr Page said.

"As it looks for this week we've got some wet weather along eastern coast tomorrow morning and it's a bit more of a cloudy picture with some showers around - a nd these showers will possibly be heavy across England and Wales with isolated thunder.

"They push their way northwards and then through the day, it's going to be quite wet across Northern Ireland and Scotland."

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