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California Drought Will Go On Despite Storm

 

The drought in California is set to go on despite parts of the state experiencing the highest levels of rainfall in years this weekend. The storm brought 10 inches of rain to Cogswell Dam in the Angeles National Forest, according to the National Weather Service. Downtown Los Angeles suffered three inches. The system has now moved across southern California in time for Sunday's Oscars in LA, and forecasters are warning that heavy rain would need to become a common occurrence to reverse the effects of the recent drought.

 

At the start of the week, just 10% of the normal rainfall had materialised. Numerous accidents occurred across California's flooded roads as a result of the storm. One truck driver died after falling from a freeway overpass about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Power outages hit some 32,000 customers as warnings for flash flooding and tornadoes were issued. National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Boldt said: "We need several large storms and we just don't see that on the horizon. This is a rogue storm. We will dry out next week."

 

About 13 homes were evacuated on Friday night in Palmdale in northern Los Angeles County, where a mudslide closed a main road. Some 1,200 homes in Monrovia, Glendora and Azusa were evacuated over fears of mudslides. Just a few weeks ago the area was hit by a wildfire. At particular risk were a dozen or so homes in Azusa backed up against a steep fire-hit hillside several hundred feet high that authorities at one point feared would collapse. To the east in San Bernardino County, a levee failed, leaving eight houses in danger of serious flooding, but fire crews were working to protect them and no evacuations have been ordered. Winter storm warnings were in effect in the Sierra Nevada. About 15 inches of fresh snow fell by midday on Friday at the University of California, Berkeley's Central Sierra Snow Lab.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1219417/california-drought-will-go-on-despite-storm

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Britain set to be warmer than IBIZA this weekend

 

BALMY Britain is set to see off winter this week, going from frost to 60F. The spring weather will be a third warmer than average. Met Office spokesman Dan Williams said: “This week will bring some much needed mild weather to much of Britain. “We’ll see temperatures of around 10C or 11C tomorrow in the south. “And Heathrow looks a little bit warmer than this, so 13C is possible tomorrow or on Thursday.†He spoke as The Weather Channel predicted temperatures could soar as high as 15C on Thursday and Saturday. That means the UK will be warmer than southern European sunspots including Madrid in Spain and St Tropez in the South of France.

 

Dan also warned that much cooler temperatures and even frost could affect parts of Britain overnight. However he added that daytime conditions would be pleasant. Dan said: “Today we are going to see dry weather, with some sunny spells around. “However as the day continues it will get cloudier. “We are experiencing high pressure at the minute and that keeps things pretty settled.†News of the dry weather will come as a relief to millions affected by the floods. Thousands of homes and businesses disappeared under water during the wettest winter ever. However, insurers warn the bill for the devastating damage could top £1billion.

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/368108/Spring-has-gone-from-0-to-60-The-UK-is-now-warmer-than-Spain

 

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TV Reporter Blasted By Snow Live On Air

 

A TV reporter has been buried in snow by a passing plough truck while he delivered a live broadcast. Fox 29 correspondent Steve Keeley was reporting from Woodstown, New Jersey, on snow storms that have inundated parts of eastern US. He is heard saying: "There goes a couple of ploughs demonstrating what I ... " before being engulfed by the white stuff. A colleague can be heard crying out in shock, but Keeley continues his broadcast following a brief pause - only to be blasted by snow once again by another vehicle.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1220525/tv-reporter-blasted-by-snow-live-on-air

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Dawlish rail line to reopen on 4 April, Network Rail says

 

The storm-damaged railway line that connects the South West to the rest of the UK will reopen earlier than planned on 4 April, Network Rail has announced. The line at Dawlish was wrecked on 4 February, when massive waves left the tracks suspended in mid air. Ten days later, when new storms caused further damage, Network Rail said the route would remain closed until the middle of April. The news has been welcomed by business leaders throughout the South West. Chris Pomfret, chair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said it was "very, very good news". "Dawlish is critical for the rail link to Cornwall and it was critical it opened before Easter," he told BBC News. "This is now three weeks before Easter - so that's great. "The managing director of Network Rail said they were working 24 hours a day when we were at the select committee and he hoped to bring it forward. I'm delighted that he has."

 

However, Mr Pomfret said there remained the ongoing concerns about "proper" transport links to Cornwall, which could include an alternative rail route which would avoid Dawlish and/or a breakwater to protect the coastal route. Network Rail said it had always been conscious of the importance of the railway to the South West's economy and teams had been working around the clock. "Over the last 10 days in particular, we've made fantastic progress and we're happy to say that we can bring forward the opening of Dawlish to Friday 4 April," MD Patrick Hallgate said. The work at Dawlish had been the most challenging Network Rail had experienced "in years", because of access difficulties and weather conditions, he added. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the early reopening would be a "real boost" for local communities and businesses. Having seen the scale of the damage at Dawlish for himself, the minister added, he also wanted to thank Network Rail's staff for their tireless work.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26433185

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It’s going to be hotter than Cor-phew: FINALLY we're set for some warm weather

 

BRITAIN is set to bask in a fortnight of summer-like heat as temperatures soar higher than around the Mediterranean. The mercury will rocket over the next few days with highs of up to 65F (18C) on the cards across swathes of the country by the weekend. Forecasters said the most of the UK will stay warm and dry through next week with only parts of the North in for the odd shower. A northwards shift in the jet stream is allowing high pressure to build over Britain ­drawing warm air in from the ­Continent. Temperatures across the country will be well above average for the time of year with the South likely to be even hotter than Corfu. The region could see widespread highs of 63F or higher in some spots, while the North is likely to nudge into the 50s. Met Office spokeswoman Laura Young said: “It is going to keep getting warmer this week with 17C possible on Sunday. “There are not many places which won’t get into double ­figures.

 

“High pressure is building nicely bringing warm air in from the Continent, meaning it is going to be warm and dry, a nice change from the recent wet weather and storms. “This is almost the sort of weather we would expect to see in late spring – very settled and pleasant with temperatures above-average for the time of year.†Jonathan Powell, of Vantage Weather Services, said the burst of spring warmth could last into the middle of March. He said: “We could easily get an 18C in some parts next week with the highest temperatures to hit the South.†“The North and parts of the West Coast may see a bit of wind and rain but, other than that, we have high pressure building, keeping it very warm and pleasant.†The railway line at Dawlish in Devon, badly damaged when the sea wall was breached in the recent storms, is to reopen almost two weeks earlier than planned – on April 4 in time for the Easter holidays.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/463124/It-s-going-to-be-hotter-than-Cor-phew-FINALLY-we-re-set-for-some-warm-weather

 

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Warm Weather For Weekend After Floods Misery

 

Temperatures could peak at 17C (62.6F) this weekend as spring conditions give many people a welcome break from months of miserable weather. Sunday is likely to be the warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures in much of southern England set to hit the mid-teens. The average high for March is 8.9C (48F). "This week is set to turn milder as a large area of high pressure builds giving lots of sunshine through the coming week, as well as dry weather - especially in the south," Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said. Predictably perhaps, not all areas will enjoy the pleasant conditions. "There will still be some rain sweeping across Scotland at times and it will be chilly at night with localised frost and fog patches,"  she added.

 

There will also be some wet weather for northern parts of the UK and Ireland. Winter has been a weather nightmare for many, with large parts of the country hit by devastating floods, and fierce winds cutting power and disrupting travel. Weeks of rain have made it the wettest winter for England and Wales for nearly 250 years It has also been the wettest for the UK as a whole since records began in 1910.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1221199/warm-weather-for-weekend-after-floods-misery

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Sydney Storm 'Wave' Causes Rush Hour Floods

 

A huge storm cloud cast a dark shadow over Sydney as it dumped 30mm of rain on the city in just half an hour. The dramatic dark clouds that rolled in brought thunderstorms that caused chaos for rush hour commuters as roads and rail lines were flooded. Buildings in central business district shook as the storm hit, local media reported. The state's emergency service advised people to keep clear of fallen power lines, creeks and storm drains and urged people to avoid riding their bikes or driving through flood water.

 

Flights were diverted to other major airports until the thunderstorm - which brought winds of up to nearly 40mph (60kph) - passed. Social media was awash with images of the spectacular storm as Sydney residents described the clouds as rolling in like a "wave". The day had been warm and sunny for the most part until the clouds rolled in. Although forecasters have now downgraded the risk, they say there is storm potential for the next few days.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1221305/sydney-storm-wave-causes-rush-hour-floods

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Britain wakes to a frosty, clear morning of fire and ice - but it's going to be HOTTER than the Greek Islands this weekend with temperatures set to rise to 18C in welcome warm spell at last

  • Parts of the country could bask in spring sunshine this weekend because of a wave of high pressure
  • Will be hotter than the south of France and areas of the Greek Islands as a period of settled weather begins
  • Sunday is likely to be the hottest day of the year so far, a relief to those who have dealt with floods' aftermath

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2573712/Hotter-Greek-Islands-Temperatures-set-rise-18C-weekend-Britain-basks-welcome-warm-spell.html

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UK weather: sunny weekend to follow for south after flood misery

 

Britain will bask in temperatures hotter than Greece this weekend as the country experiences the warmest days of the year so far. After the wettest winter since records began in 1766, weather weary Britons will finally be able to enjoy unseasonably mild temperatures, thanks to an area of high pressure.  The mercury could rise to a balmy 18C on Sunday, the Met Office said, as thermometer readings are expected to creep slowly upwards from Thursday. The highest temperature of the year so far - 14.9C - was recorded in London on February 24, so with possible highs of 15C in the south and south west of England, that could be broken later on Thursday.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10677373/UK-weather-sunny-weekend-to-follow-for-south-after-flood-misery.html

Time to ditch the thermals: Sunny weekend in parts of Britain after weeks of floods

 

After the wettest winter in almost 250 years, parts of Britain look set bask in sunshine this weekend with temperatures rising to 17C (62.6F). Flood-hit communities in southern England will welcome the respite following weeks of heavy rainfall and gale-force winds. A wave of high pressure will send the mercury rising, with Sunday expected to be the warmest day of the year to date.

 

http://metro.co.uk/2014/03/05/uk-weather-britain-set-to-bask-in-17c-sunshine-this-weekend-4421786/

UK heatwave will be hotter than IBIZA as weekend temperatures soar to 18C

 

Put your brollies and overcoats away ... it’s time to crack out the sun cream this weekend. Londoners are set to bask in sizzling temperatures that will put Ibiza in the shade. Temperatures in the capital will see the mercury soaring to 18C (64F) on Sunday. Meanwhile those holidaying on Ibiza will be casting envious glances at the capital as temperatures on the White Isle struggle to hit 16C (61F).

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-heatwave-hotter-ibiza-3204760

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Building Homes On Flood Plains 'To Be Blocked'

 

Developers could be blocked from building homes on flood plains under a shake-up of planning law due to be revealed today. Planning minister Nick Boles is expected to announce changes that will mean councils are no longer forced to take other local authorities' housing allocations if it conflicts with national policy. That would mean less pressure to build on flood plains for planners, who have long been expected to help town halls meet house-building targets. Many hope the new guidelines will also ensure experts' advice plays a greater role in the planning process.

 

Among the areas worst-hit by recent flooding was Longford, near Gloucester, where David Cameron told residents in February that expert advice was always followed during the planning process. Environment Agency figures given to Sky News show that is not always the case. In 2012-13, applications for 560 residential properties across England and Wales were approved in areas of flood risk, against the agency's advice. A total of 570 new homes are planned, to be built near land in Longford that has been underwater for the past few weeks. The scheme was vehemently opposed by local residents and initially rejected, before being approved on appeal in 2008. Longford Parish Council chairman Pete Gough told Sky News: "We thought it was a lot of nonsense, really.

 

"We thought the Secretary of State would have intervened, and said there's lots of places you can build without building on the flood plains, or near the flood plains. It just seems so daft." One of the main concerns of residents is not that the new properties will flood, but that by replacing fields with concrete it will create problems for other homes. John Patterson's home in Longford flooded in 2007, and only avoided a similar fate this year by a few inches. He told Sky News: "The water has to go somewhere. You'll get extra run off from the houses, and all the roads and infrastructure that goes with them. It's illogical, just illogical." Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is also expected to make an announcement today about the recent flooding.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1221580/building-homes-on-flood-plains-to-be-blocked

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Goodbye winter! Britain finally set for a month of warmer weather

 

A BURST of warm weather is likely to hold out for most of this month in some parts of Britain, say forecasters. Swathes of the country are ­currently enjoying sunshine and temperatures in double figures with nothing on the horizon threatening to dampen the mood. Temperatures are expected to keep rising over the next few days with another stretch of almost ­summer-like weather expected next week. Parts of the country, particularly in the South, are looking forward to temperatures hotter than St Tropez in the South of France and the Greek islands. Sunday is expected to be the ­hottest day of the year so far with the mercury set to rise to a balmy 64F (18C). In the North it will be a cooler 54F (12C), although still above average for the time of year and with just the chance of the odd shower.

 

Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said it is likely to stay dry and fine at least until the middle of March. He said: “We have a good run of weather which could push past the mid-month mark, although it could turn wetter after that. “Temperatures are looking well above-average for the time of year and at the moment April is not looking bad. “The best temperatures will most likely be around the South where we could see the odd 18C, but it is looking good across the UK.†The sunny outlook is welcome news for parts of the country still affected by flooding after weeks of heavy rain. River and groundwater levels in Somerset are gradually dropping although some parts of the region remain on heightened alert. An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Water levels are expected to fall further on the Somerset Levels this week due to the country’s ­largest ever pumping operation. “Groundwater levels also remain exceptionally high across much of the south of England.

 

“With no heavy rainfall forecast for the South this week, water levels are expected to fall in flood affected areas.†The warmest place yesterday was Frittenden in Kent which hit 57.3F (14.1C). The Met Office said next week will start dry and fine with high pressure keeping daytime temperatures above average for the time of year. A spokesman said: “Most areas will be fine and dry through Monday, and quite sunny, although southern parts of England are likely to be cloudy with patchy rain at first. “Through the rest of the week, high pressure will continue to dominate, with the north-west of Scotland seeing periods of wetter and windier weather. Elsewhere there will be a good deal of dry settled weather with some sunshine. “Daytime temperatures will probably be above normal but still chilly at times overnight, with the risk of frost and fog in some central and southern areas by night.†Netweather forecaster Jo Farrow said: “The weekend could bring some settled weather with high pressure from the Continent and although it will be colder for Scotland, south-eastern areas of the UK should become even milder.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/463308/Britain-finally-set-for-a-month-of-warmer-weather

Woo hoo! It's hotter than Corfu as warm winds to blow in mini heatwave

 

BRITAIN is set to be hotter than Greece over the next week. The sun will shine at last as a mini-heatwave follows three months of floods and torrential downpours. Temperatures are about to soar to 19C, several degrees warmer than normal for early spring. Most of the country will experience the balmy climate in another sudden shift that weather scientists are blaming on climate change. The switch will be caused by warm winds blowing in from the south. It will also be dry, making much of Britain hotter than European sunspots such as the Greek island of Corfu.

 

Weather Channel forecaster Leon Brown said: “We will see temperatures as high as 19C – well above the usual 10C or 11C. Southerly winds will see temperatures reach 13 to 15C over England and Wales on Saturday. “They’ll climb as high as 17C across East Anglia and the south-east on Sunday.†But Leon warned that not everyone will be lucky with the weather – the extreme north of England and Scotland could see colder, windy and rainy weather. Bookmakers Ladbrokes are hopeful that the UK will enjoy its hottest ever March after experiencing the wettest winter on record. They are offering 10-1 odds that Britain will beat the 25.6C record highest temperature for March, set in Mepal, Cambs, in 1968. The shock mini-heatwave is in stark contrast to March last year, which saw the nation still shivering in near-zero temperatures after a long and freezing winter.

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/368413/British-weather-hotter-than-Corfu-as-warm-winds-to-blow-in-mini-heatwave

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From ice to ice creams! Frost to melt away as 18C front makes us warmer than Greece

  • Parts of the country could bask in spring sunshine this weekend because of a wave of high pressure
  • Will be hotter than the south of France and areas of the Greek Islands as a period of settled weather begins
  • Sunday is likely to be the hottest day of the year so far, a relief to those who have dealt with floods' aftermath

This stunning frosty dawn may be nature’s final curtain to the dismal winter endured across the country. But the beautiful red skies that greeted early birds in Wiltshire yesterday also heralded weather to put a spring in your step – with temperatures set to soar to 18C (64F) in the next few days. For the first time this year it will be ice cream weather, as parts of Britain will be warmer than Greece.A high pressure system dragging in winds from the southwest means  the mercury may climb to double the average March temperature of 9C (48F).

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Forecasts for Sunday put Athens at 10C (50F), Ibiza at 16C (61F) and Istanbul at 7C (45F). The Met Office said: ‘Warmer, drier weather is on the way for parts of the country. ‘In the South high pressure will dominate, bringing dry weather for the weekend, with the best of the weather in the South East.’  Northwest England and Scotland, however, will be cloudy with patchy showers. Spring officially starts on March 20, but there are already abundant signs that winter is over. Daffodils and crocuses are in full bloom and spring blossom is on trees across the country.

 

Temperatures reached 12C (54F) in Bournemouth, Dorset, yesterday, where people took advantage of clear skies to head to the seafront. The seven-mile promenade was busy with people enjoying the warm weather. John Lee, forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: ‘The weather will be getting much better into the weekend. The south of England will be somewhat drier than we’ve  had recently. High pressure is expected to dominate through the start of next week, with sunshine around and light winds.’

 

After the wettest winter in 250 years, flood water levels that have devastated large parts of the country are gradually easing, the Environment Agency said last night. A severe flood warning for part of the Somerset Levels, in place since February 5, was downgraded by the agency yesterday after flood waters in the area dropped. Just one severe flood warning remains in place, near Burrowbridge in Somerset. A huge pumping operation continues, but drier weather means flood levels are expected to fall even further over the week.

 

Small businesses are being blacklisted by insurance companies because they are not covered by the Government’s agreement with the industry to help flood-prone areas. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said its members are being hit by ‘outrageous’ quotes for renewal of insurance policies – with some being turned away. The FSB is calling on the Government and the insurance industry to ‘look again’ at the exclusion of small firms from the Flood Re agreement, which only covers domestic insurance.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2573712/Hotter-Greek-Islands-Temperatures-set-rise-18C-weekend-Britain-basks-welcome-warm-spell.html

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Flood-Hit Rivers To Be Dredged 'As Soon As Safe'

 

A new £20.5m action plan to protect Somerset from flooding will include "immediate" dredging of five miles of the Rivers Parrett and Tone as soon as it is "safe and practical". Announcing the measures, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the plan would support farmers to manage flood risk better and ensure new developments meet the "highest standards" for water and drainage. Some temporary flood defences and pumping sites will be made permanent and a new Somerset rivers board will be created. The plan was commissioned by Mr Paterson in January, after he visited communities on the flood-hit Somerset Levels.

 

Local councils, MPs, businesses and local residents spent six weeks drawing up the plan, which aims to protect the county from flooding in the future. Mr Paterson, who visited Somerset again on Wednesday, said dredging the rivers was "the key thing local people asked for". The Environment Agency will begin dredging as soon as possible, he added. Mr Paterson said the "extreme conditions" of the last few months had led to the flooding of about 7,000 properties across England. "Six weeks ago I visited Somerset and saw for myself the exceptional impact on the county," he said.

 

"That is why I commissioned urgent work from those at local level to identify how we can better protect Somerset communities over the next 20 years." Three Government departments will provide the £20.5m funding. John Osman, leader of Somerset County Council said the move was "a big step forward, bringing hope to our flood-hit communities". Heather Venn, chairman of Flooding on the Levels Action Group (Flag) said: "It is absolutely crucial that the funding is there, but it is a very positive first step and we welcome much that is in it (the plan)."

 

The Environmant Department Defra is providing £10m for flood related work in Somerset, while The Department for Transport will give a further £10m. The Department for Communities and Local Government has also pledged £500,000.

"This gives a strong base to take forward work," Mr Paterson said. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the £10m was "on top of the extra £33.5m for urgent road maintenance work we have already announced for the rest of England and a £31m package of resilience measures for rail in the south west." Mr Paterson's announcement comes as planning minister Nick Boles is expected to announce changes that will ease pressure on councils to build on flood plains. The move will mean councils are no longer forced to take other local authorities' housing allocations if it conflicts with national policy and is against expert advice.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1221892/flood-hit-rivers-to-be-dredged-as-soon-as-safe

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What on earth is an '18C front'!

 

I've seen a 34C front before, if that helps. Might have a picture somewhere...

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next week I wonder how long it will be before one of the usual suspects has a headline of.."PHEW WHAT A SCORCHER".

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Good morning all

 

Not sure if ive posted this in the right place however an interesting article on msn this morning that will have an impact on forecasting this year, Just another variable for all the model watchers to add to the upstream forecasts.

 

http://news.uk.msn.com/world/el-nino-to-shake-up-worlds-weather

 

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First taste of spring: English strawberries hitting the shelves as clear skies across Britain make it hotter than Ibiza

  • Areas in southern England - including the north of Devon and Heathrow - are set for highs of 17C over the weekend
  • Meanwhile the Spanish party island is expected only to reach 15C or 16C
  • Met Office forecasters said the whole country can expect unusually warm, still and dry weather after wet winter
  • Good predictions came as Tesco announced its first batch of English-grown strawberries will hit shelves tomorrow

Britain could have its first true taste of spring this weekend as parts of the country experience temperatures warmer than Ibiza, and the first batch of British-grown strawberries hit the shelves. Parts of Devon and areas in London could hit 17C tomorrow, while the famous Balearic party island is expected to be just 16C. According to forecasters in the Met Office the warmer-than-average weather is due to hit tomorrow morning, with waves of sunshine working their way up from the south.  The rise in temperatures, which will be accompanied by dry and still weather, is expected to bring a welcome change across the country after an unrelentingly damp winter. A spokesman for the Met Office said: 'We're going to see progressively drier and more settled weather over the weekend, continuing for a couple of weeks.

 

Saturday will have a dull start, put sunshine will come up from the south, spreading across the country by mid-afternoon. 'An area of high pressure sitting over the UK should mean really good weather up until Wednesday, and early indications are that it will continue for some time. 'Although temperature will be mild, the air will be very settled, so you won't have that chill from the wind. People will feel warmer because it had been so wet over the whole winter, which can make it feel colder.' Although the temperatures nationwide will be a far cry from the March weather record - a reading of 25.6C in Cambridgeshire from 1968 - they are still several degrees in excess of the average.

 

The happy predictions come as Tesco announces that its first English strawberries will be on sale tomorrow thanks to an early harvest because of the unseasonal warmth. The supermarket said that fruit from Chichester, West Sussex, will be sold from tomorrow - a week earlier than usual.  Strawberry buyer Simon Mandelbaum said: 'We are a nation of strawberry-lovers who cannot get our hands on the English crop quick enough and this year will be no exception - we are expecting a mad rush. 'Good levels of sunshine and unseasonably warm weather so far in March have been key for our growers, giving them an early crop.'

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2575599/First-taste-spring-English-strawberries-hitting-shelves-clear-skies-Britain-make-hotter-Ibiza.html

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Warm weekend forecast for Britain

 

Parts of Britain could bask in temperatures of up to 18C (64F) at the weekend as spring tightens its grip on the country, weather forecasters say. Sunday is set to be the hottest day of the year so far, with London, East Anglia and the south-east predicted to reap the best of the sunshine. Although dropping back slightly after Sunday the mild temperatures are set to continue into the start of next week, according to weather service company Meteogroup. Nick Prebble, a Meteogroup forecaster, said: “Certainly for central and south-eastern parts of the UK it looks like a dry weekend, the warmest day is looking like Sunday. It is looking like 18C should be obtainable on Sunday.†That temperature would make England warmer than parts of the eastern Mediterranean, including Greece and Turkey, he said, though Scotland and north-west England would be cooler and could have rain on Sunday. The warmer weather would continue into next week, with temperatures reaching 13-14C on Monday and Tuesday.

 

Thursday was the hottest day of the year so far, with the Met Office recording 15.5C at Gravesend in Kent. The pleasant temperatures are in stark contrast to March last year, when the average temperature was 2.2C. The warm weather and good sunshine in March has resulted in the first English strawberries, from Chichester, going on sale at Tesco from Saturday, a week earlier than last year. The supermarket’s strawberry buyer Simon Mandelbaum said: “We are a nation of strawberry-lovers who cannot get our hands on the English crop quick enough and this year will be no exception – we are expecting a mad rush. As Britain looked forward to better weather, the National Trust said storms that battered the country over the past months had caused in some areas the greatest loss of trees in a generation. Some sites had lost hundreds of trees including valued ancient specimens.

 

Woodlands, parks and gardens cared for by the trust had sustained the worst damage in more than two decades, and in some cases since the “great storm†of 1987. Old oak, ash and beech trees were been lost in woods, while specimen trees in parks and gardens had been damaged as at least a dozen storms swept through the UK from December to February. Matthew Oates, a National Trust nature and wildlife specialist, said extreme weather events were likely to become more frequent as the climate changes and there was a need to plan tree plantings to make woodlands more resilient. More than 50 National Trust sites have been surveyed, with many gardeners, rangers and foresters saying that the losses of trees had been the greatest in more than two decades, although damage in 1987 or 1990 had been worse and some properties had escaped significant harm.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/07/warm-weekend-forecast-for-britain

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