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UK weather: Britain will be hotter than Turkey or Greece with Saturday the warmest day of year

 

The spring sunshine will hopefully give our seaside towns a much-needed tourism boost - but there is a note of caution for swimmers braving the sea. Britain will be hotter than Turkey and Greece this weekend, with tomorrow on track to be the warmest day of the year so far. Some areas are set to reach a balmy 18C (64.4F) and the mild temperatures are forecast to continue into next week for the Cheltenham Festival. It is hoped the spring sunshine will see people flocking to the nation’s seaside towns, giving them a much needed early tourism boost. But those brave enough to take a dip in the sea may want to keep their wits about them, as it emerged a great white shark is heading our way. If the beast carries on it will be the first on record to have crossed the Atlantic.

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-britain-hotter-turkey-3218778

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West braced for a Great White shock

 

She is called Lydia, weighs a tonne, has five rows of razor sharp teeth and is heading our way. Scientists yesterday confirmed that a Great White shark they have named Lydia, after catching it and tagging it off the coast of North America, is on her way to the coast of South West England. For consecutive summers, reports of sightings of a Great White off the coast of the West have sparked a frenzy of Jaws headlines and jokes about needing bigger boats, but for the first time it appears likely that the ocean's most deadly predator is making its way to our shores. Just like the frustrated mayor desperate to open the beaches of his resort on a holiday weekend in the classic film, tourist bosses in the West will be cursing the news given this weekend's "spring heatwave" forecast of unseasonably warm temperatures and sunshine.

 

Lydia might yet veer off course – so far she has zig-zagged her way north east after being caught and tagged near Florida by US scientists. They have tracked her ever since and she has swum 19,000 miles. While other Great Whites have remained in tropical waters on the western side of the Atlantic, scientists said last night Lydia is already closer to Europe than the Americas and is about to officially become the first shark to swim across the Atlantic when, or if, she crosses the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 1,000 miles from Lands End. She has swum 380 miles in the past couple of days and if she continues on the same course, she'll be off the south west coast this weekend. Dr Gregory Skomal, senior fisheries biologist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries, said: "She technically does not cross the Atlantic until she crosses the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which she has yet to do. We have no idea how far she will go, but Europe, the Med and the coast of Africa are all feasible," he added.

 

The Ocearch project aims to tag sharks to learn more about their movements. It used a 34,000kg hydraulic platform to hoist Lydia from the water in order to fit the tracking device. The coast of Cornwall and Devon has long been a haven for shark-spotters, with vast basking sharks an increasingly common sight in shallow waters, although these are harmless to humans. Smaller species of sharks are common in our waters, and despite claims and sightings of a Great White, experts had previously dismissed any off the South West coast as actually being sightings of other shark species. If Lydia does end up heading up the Bristol Channel, jokers have suggested she may be persuaded to head down the Avon Gorge and take on the Bristol Croc although, with no more sightings in the city after the initial two last month, the possibility of a real-life re-enactment of cult 2010 disaster B-movie Mega Shark v Crocosaurus appears remote.

 

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/West-braced-Great-White-shock/story-20783162-detail/story.html

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Rain, rain, gone away: Today is set to be the hottest day this year

 

TODAY is set to be the hottest day of the year so far for many as sunshine at last warms a nation weary of wet weather. Temperatures are expected to reach 18C (64F) in the South, beating the 16.6C recorded yesterday in St James’s Park, London. The sunshine has seen a riot of spring colour break out because, while it has been the wettest winter on record across England and Wales, it has also been relatively mild with few frosts. The result? Fields full of spring flowers such as the daffodils, right, in Bournemouth where Chloe Palmer, 24, and her seven-month-old son Jayden enjoyed the sunshine yesterday. Swallows have already been spotted across many southern counties when, by rights, they should still be in their traditional wintering grounds in South Africa. Butterflies and bumblebees are also bringing their colours early to gardens, and English strawberries are on sale in supermarkets after ripening ahead of time.

 

A Waitrose spokesman said: “While the wet weather has caused havoc for many, milder temperatures have resulted in an earlier harvest than usual, with English strawberries available a week earlier than 2013.†Yesterday’s sunshine lured many to the seaside like the family of five-year-old Genevieve Bishop who needed a sun hat for protection as she played at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. Forecaster Andy Ratcliffe at MeteoGroup predicted more of the same everywhere except Scotland and Northern Ireland. He said: “In England and Wales, it will be a dry day with a fair bit of sunshine. “Generally it’s going to be a dry week next week with a lot of sunshine but not as high temperatures as Sunday. There could more unsettled weather towards the end of the week in the North-west.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/463851/Rain-rain-gone-away-This-Sunday-to-be-hottest-day-yet-this-year

 

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Weather hot enough to rival Turkey will blast UK this weekend

 

MILLIONS of Brits are set to flock to the nation’s beaches this weekend to bask in balmy 18C sunshine. The shock spring heatwave will make much of the nation warmer than Marmaris in Turkey. Forecasters say we will enjoy bright blue skies, glorious sunshine and bone-dry weather well into next week. And a whopping 11million cars are expected to take to the roads, bringing the threat of unseasonal traffic jams. RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “We are preparing for what could be the busiest weekend of the year so far.

 

“We think the traffic could be closer to a May Bank Holiday weekend than an average weekend in March.†The Weather Channel predicted the mild conditions will last well into next week. Forecaster Leon Brown said: “Temperatures are predicted to reach 18C in the south on Sunday afternoon, making it it the warmest day of the year so far. “It will gradually become warmer each day as we go through the week, with next Friday the warmest in the south.â€

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/368730/Mini-heatwave-to-hit-UK-in-time-for-weekend

 

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BBC weather for the week ahead with Nina Ridge

 

Dry and Settled

 

High pressure dominates

 

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Time to hit the beach! Britain basks in glorious sunshine as temperatures rise to 17C and it'll get even warmer before the end of the day

  • Temperatures hit 19C this afternoon, with East Anglia and East Midlands getting best of unseasonal weather
  • Forecasters say rain is also set to stay away in coming days after wettest winter on record in England and Wales
  • On average temperatures in mid-March are only around 12C - but got to 17C this morning in capital and the East

Record temperatures greeted Britain today as the country enjoyed its hottest day of the year so far - but the warmth is not going to last into the week. The mercury reached 17C (62.6F) in the east of England and London this morning - and hit up to 19C (66.2F) later in the day. East Anglia and the East Midlands were basking in the best of the sunshine as the day progressed, Met Office forecasters said. But the unseasonal warmth is not set to last - as a band of cloud travelling down from Scotland overnight will give way to a cooler start tomorrow. However, after the wettest winter on record in England and Wales, forecasters said the rain was also set to stay away in the coming days.

 

Met Office meteorologist Jenny Rourke said: ‘It's already a beautiful sunny day out there, but spare a thought for those who don't have it so good. ‘There's a good swathe of northern England and western Wales where it is cloudy, and temperatures are around 12C (53.6F) to 14C (57.2F) today.  ‘Parts of north-west Scotland and Northern Ireland have had some patchy rain but it's not been very significant.’ On average, temperatures in mid-March are only around 12C (53.6F) but a yearly high of 16.9C (62.4F) was recorded at Heathrow Airport on Friday.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2576727/UK-weather-Britain-basks-sunshine-enjoys-warmest-day-year-temperatures-rising-17C.html

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Beautiful sunset rounds off the hottest day of the year so far with highs of 20c - but it's back to normal chilly weather tomorrow

  • Temperatures hit 20C this afternoon, with East Anglia and East Midlands getting best of unseasonal weather
  • Forecasters say rain is also set to stay away in coming days after wettest winter on record in England and Wales
  • On average temperatures in mid-March are only around 12C - and it will be closer to that for the rest of the week

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2576727/UK-weather-Britain-basks-sunshine-enjoys-warmest-day-year-temperatures-rising-17C.html

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Weather: Brits Enjoy Warmest Day Of The Year

 

Millions of people have been enjoying the UK's warmest day of the year so far, with mostly unbroken sunshine and light winds. The best of the weather was in south-east England where the mercury hit 20.1C (around 68F) in Gravesend, Kent. Large parts of the UK were helped by warm air from the Mediterranean region after weeks of flood misery due to Atlantic storms. But the conditions were not so favourable on Sunday in northern and western areas, where the temperatures were in single figures due to cloud and rain. The cloud will move into the south on Monday. But it is thought the unseasonal warmth will stay until at least next weekend. Before Sunday, the warmest recorded temperature this year was 16.9C (62.4F) in London on Friday.

 

Sky News meterologist Dr Chris England said: "South-east England has seen the highest temperatures of the year so far. "The high temperaratures are the result of virtually unbroken sunshine, light winds and a feed of warm air from the Mediterranean region due to high pressure centred over eastern Europe. "In contrast, cloud and rain kept many northern and western areas in single figures. "It looks like today will be the hottest of the current spell, with cloud taking over in the south on Monday. "But temperatures will look like staying above average for the time of year into the weekend at least."

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1223149/weather-brits-enjoy-warmest-day-of-the-year

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West braced for a Great White shock

 

She is called Lydia, weighs a tonne, has five rows of razor sharp teeth and is heading our way. Scientists yesterday confirmed that a Great White shark they have named Lydia, after catching it and tagging it off the coast of North America, is on her way to the coast of South West England. For consecutive summers, reports of sightings of a Great White off the coast of the West have sparked a frenzy of Jaws headlines and jokes about needing bigger boats, but for the first time it appears likely that the ocean's most deadly predator is making its way to our shores. Just like the frustrated mayor desperate to open the beaches of his resort on a holiday weekend in the classic film, tourist bosses in the West will be cursing the news given this weekend's "spring heatwave" forecast of unseasonably warm temperatures and sunshine.

 

Lydia might yet veer off course – so far she has zig-zagged her way north east after being caught and tagged near Florida by US scientists. They have tracked her ever since and she has swum 19,000 miles. While other Great Whites have remained in tropical waters on the western side of the Atlantic, scientists said last night Lydia is already closer to Europe than the Americas and is about to officially become the first shark to swim across the Atlantic when, or if, she crosses the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 1,000 miles from Lands End. She has swum 380 miles in the past couple of days and if she continues on the same course, she'll be off the south west coast this weekend. Dr Gregory Skomal, senior fisheries biologist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries, said: "She technically does not cross the Atlantic until she crosses the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which she has yet to do. We have no idea how far she will go, but Europe, the Med and the coast of Africa are all feasible," he added.

 

The Ocearch project aims to tag sharks to learn more about their movements. It used a 34,000kg hydraulic platform to hoist Lydia from the water in order to fit the tracking device. The coast of Cornwall and Devon has long been a haven for shark-spotters, with vast basking sharks an increasingly common sight in shallow waters, although these are harmless to humans. Smaller species of sharks are common in our waters, and despite claims and sightings of a Great White, experts had previously dismissed any off the South West coast as actually being sightings of other shark species. If Lydia does end up heading up the Bristol Channel, jokers have suggested she may be persuaded to head down the Avon Gorge and take on the Bristol Croc although, with no more sightings in the city after the initial two last month, the possibility of a real-life re-enactment of cult 2010 disaster B-movie Mega Shark v Crocosaurus appears remote.

 

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/West-braced-Great-White-shock/story-20783162-detail/story.html

Has anyone seen one, are they still on the way, have they decided not to come, I await the Monday front pages

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Has anyone seen one, are they still on the way, have they decided not to come, I await the Monday front pages

 

2 hours ago She was just 780 miles from Ireland and 1,000 miles from Spain

 

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Mysterious compounds undermining recovery of giant ozone hole over Antarctica, scientists warn.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/09/ozone-hole-antarctica-chemicals#start-of-comments

 

despite banning CFC's,in 2010 worry is CFC113a still rising could this be Methane escaping from ocean ?  What potential affects this been to our weather this winter and crazy jet stream.  

 

It raises questions many questions.  Have we took eye off the ball believing CO2 is cause but more issues was the fault.  What are the mystery chemicals causing terrible damage to antartica, thank fully he believes it can repair but not till 2050.   Would this meen crazy weather wont settle till then.  Could the whole thing be man made or natural ocuring events, volcano's, earthquakes, methane escaping from ocean etc.  Do we know the effects of trying to control weather scientists employing.  Such as seeding clouds and NASA rainmaker project.  What happens if they get out of control.

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Spring at last! 70F temperatures and more sun on the way is set to make March dry and fine

 

BRITAIN enjoyed its warmest day of the year so far yesterday – and is set for at least a week of more sunny weather.Temperatures reached 70F (21C) in places, making parts of Britain warmer than Madrid and Athens. Forecasters predict a dip in temperatures today but say the sunshine will return by mid-week, with most of England staying warm and dry as spring takes hold. Gravesend in Kent was the warmest spot in the country, hitting the 70F high at 2.30pm, according to the Met Office – the highest temperature since October 8 last year. Most other parts of England experienced warmth of around 64.4F (18C) with East Anglia and the East Midlands enjoying the best of the sunshine.

 

The unseasonable weather has been caused by the jet stream moving northwards, bringing a wave of high pressure with it. Forecaster Jonathan Powell, of Vantage Weather Services, said: “It is great weather for people to get out and about this week, especially on the coastal fringes of the South and East. “There is beautiful weather to be had and the weather is going to hold. The high pressure will continue for the remainder of the week, with the best of the weather in England and Wales. “It will be dry and fine with solid temperatures of 53.6F (12C) to 59F (15C) across the country, but in the South-east temperatures will hit 61F (16C) and will heat up at the weekend, reaching 62.6F (17C) on Saturday and 64.4F (18C) on Sunday. “As a general rule, the further South and East you go the better the weather.â€

 

Met Office forecaster Kirk Waite said that after parts of Britain were lashed by torrential rain in the wettest winter for 250 years, most of Britain will enjoy a spate of dry, settled weather this week. He said: “This area of nice weather affected much of England and Wales but there have been parts in the North and West of the country that have had greyer and murkier conditions.†Although this cooler weather will spread, the South should hold on to the warmer weather, with temperatures on the rise by Wednesday, say forecasters. The rest of the week will then be settled, dry and warm in the South but cooler in the North, they say. Yesterday, runners were sweltering as they took part in the Cambridge half-marathon, while sun-seekers packed beaches, parks and London’s South Bank. Meanwhile, many Waitrose stores sold out of home-grown strawberries as Britons had their first taste of spring. A spokeswoman said: “We were the first supermarket to get our British crop on sale. Customers always like it when the UK seasonal food comes in and the sunny weather has compounded that.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/463967/UK-weather-Spring-is-here-as-70F-temperatures-are-set-to-make-March-dry-and-fine

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Spring at last! 70F temperatures and more sun on the way is set to make March dry and fine

 

BRITAIN enjoyed its warmest day of the year so far yesterday – and is set for at least a week of more sunny weather.Temperatures reached 70F (21C) in places, making parts of Britain warmer than Madrid and Athens. Forecasters predict a dip in temperatures today but say the sunshine will return by mid-week, with most of England staying warm and dry as spring takes hold. Gravesend in Kent was the warmest spot in the country, hitting the 70F high at 2.30pm, according to the Met Office – the highest temperature since October 8 last year. Most other parts of England experienced warmth of around 64.4F (18C) with East Anglia and the East Midlands enjoying the best of the sunshine.

 

The unseasonable weather has been caused by the jet stream moving northwards, bringing a wave of high pressure with it. Forecaster Jonathan Powell, of Vantage Weather Services, said: “It is great weather for people to get out and about this week, especially on the coastal fringes of the South and East. “There is beautiful weather to be had and the weather is going to hold. The high pressure will continue for the remainder of the week, with the best of the weather in England and Wales. “It will be dry and fine with solid temperatures of 53.6F (12C) to 59F (15C) across the country, but in the South-east temperatures will hit 61F (16C) and will heat up at the weekend, reaching 62.6F (17C) on Saturday and 64.4F (18C) on Sunday. “As a general rule, the further South and East you go the better the weather.â€

 

Met Office forecaster Kirk Waite said that after parts of Britain were lashed by torrential rain in the wettest winter for 250 years, most of Britain will enjoy a spate of dry, settled weather this week. He said: “This area of nice weather affected much of England and Wales but there have been parts in the North and West of the country that have had greyer and murkier conditions.†Although this cooler weather will spread, the South should hold on to the warmer weather, with temperatures on the rise by Wednesday, say forecasters. The rest of the week will then be settled, dry and warm in the South but cooler in the North, they say. Yesterday, runners were sweltering as they took part in the Cambridge half-marathon, while sun-seekers packed beaches, parks and London’s South Bank. Meanwhile, many Waitrose stores sold out of home-grown strawberries as Britons had their first taste of spring. A spokeswoman said: “We were the first supermarket to get our British crop on sale. Customers always like it when the UK seasonal food comes in and the sunny weather has compounded that.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/463967/UK-weather-Spring-is-here-as-70F-temperatures-are-set-to-make-March-dry-and-fine

Bet the Express were glad that in the met. world you do round temps .to the odd and 20.5C can become 21C (which is 70F), yet the temp was still only 68.9F

 = 69F. I wouldn't be on the East coast today, 8C in that wind

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Now that's a SUNday! Hottest day in SIX months sees Brits flock to the great outdoors

 

BRITONS did not need a second invitation to enjoy the warmest day of the year today after a miserable wet winter. Temperatures hit 20C for the first time in six months, leading people to flock to the coast and parks to make the most of the sun before it disappears again. Gravesend in Kent was the warmest spot in the country, recording a temperature of 20.5C (68.9F) according to the Met Office. The last time the 20C mark was breached was on October 8 last year. In anticipation of the balmy weekend, some British supermarkets were forced into getting early riped strawberries onto their shelves, while retailer John Lewis reported an 11 per cent increase in online sales of barbecues this week, compared with the same period last year. The sunnier temperatures are welcome relief after the Met Office declared that Britain had had the wettest winter on record.

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/368938/Now-that-s-a-SUNday-Hottest-day-in-SIX-months-sees-Brits-flock-to-the-great-outdoors

 

 

 

Millions of Brits enjoy the spring heatwave with temperatures hotter than Africa

 

BRITAIN was hotter than Africa yesterday as millions enjoyed a spring heatwave. The Algerian capital Algiers was a chilly 13C while Tunis in neighbouring Tunisia hit 16C. Meanwhile London basked in 20C sunshine and in Birmingham the thermometer hit 18C. It was a warm 16C in Leeds and Manchester and Brighton also saw a high of 16C. Thousands flocked to beaches to make the most of the hottest day of the year so far as forecasters promised there was more to come. The Met Office said there would be a cooler start to the working week but it would brighten up by Wednesday, when thousands of racegoers will be flocking to Ladies’ Day at Cheltenham. Senior operational meteorologist at the Met Office Jenny Rourke said: “Today we have reached 20C in London which makes it the hottest day of the year so far.â€

 

Yesterday Ladbrokes slashed the odds of a new UK temperature record being set for March from 10-1 to 8-1. The current record for the month stands at 25.6C, measured in Mepal, Cambs, on March 29, 1968. Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “As quick as the temperatures are soaring, the odds are falling for this month to enter the record books.†The balmy conditions have already forced some British supermarkets to stock up on barbecue food. The milder winter has also resulted in English strawberries hitting the shelves a week earlier than 2013. But despite the sunny weather the Environment Agency issued one severe flood warning, seven flood warnings and 82 flood alerts yesterday. A spokesman said: “With no heavy rainfall forecast for the south of England this week water levels are expected to fall, reducing flood risk. “However groundwater levels remain exceptionally high across much of the south of England.

 

“Flood warnings and alerts are still in place where flood waters remain or recent rain is still making it’s way downstream.†And although sunny spells bring relief to much of Britain this week, experts warn that wet winters like the one we’ve just had could become the norm. Rajendra Pachauri said: “Each of the last three decades has been warmer than the last. Extreme events are on the increase. “Even if what we have just had was not caused by climate change, events of this nature are increasing, both in intensity and frequency.

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/368980/Millions-of-Brits-enjoy-the-spring-heatwave-with-temperatures-hotter-than-Africa

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UK weather: Crowds enjoy hottest day of the year with MORE sunny weather expected over next two weeks

 

Spring has finally sprung for sun-starved Britons with dry and fine weather signalling an end to the miserable winter floods. Yesterday beaches and parks were packed as crowds enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far. And there is more to come as forecasters say the next two weeks are set to be filled with long spells of sunshine. Rising mercury recorded balmy highs of 19C - warmer than Mediterranean holiday hotspots such as Greece and more than double the season average for March The south east experienced the best of yesterday’s heatwave, with Gravesend, Kent, basking in highs of 19.4C, while Kew Gardens hit 18C.

 

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Britain to bask in a WEEK of sunshine after the warmest day of the year

  • Mercury reached 20C (68F) for first time in nearly six months yesterday as most of country basked in sunshine
  • Although temperatures are set to fall by 5 or 6C from the weekend high, the coming week will remain mainly dry
  • But forecasters warn weather may change towards weekend, with rain possibly moving into some northern areas

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2577261/UK-weather-Sun-average-temperatures-NO-RAIN-means-Britain-bask-week-Spring.html

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Great white shark observed crossing from one side of Atlantic to other may be pregnant, says researcher

 

A great white shark called Lydia has become the first of its species to be observed crossing from one side of the Atlantic into the other. The satellite-tagged fish crossed the mid-Atlantic ridge, which marks a rough boundary line between east and west. She has now turned towards the UK, but it's unclear where she'll go next. But the expedition leader for the project tracking Lydia told the BBC he thought she was pregnant and headed for birthing grounds in the Mediterranean. Chris Fischer, who is also founding chairman of the Ocearch shark tagging venture, said that if Lydia continued on to Europe or Africa, she would likely become "more coastal".

 

"I certainly think that it's possible for Lydia to make it to the UK," he told BBC News, but added that he couldn't know if that was where she was headed. "There have been sightings in the past [in the UK], but I think these were anecdotal versus a documented presence. So hopefully we'll be able to help with that." It's often been argued that the waters of these isles are too cold for the sharks, but the Ocearch founder cast doubt on this. "One thing we have learnt just in the last year with sharks in the Atlantic is what we used to think was too cold simply is not," he said.

 

"Lydia has come over from Nova Scotia in Newfoundland [Canada]. These sharks have the capacity to deal with very cold water temperatures for long periods of time." But, he said: "If I had to guess, I would guess that Lydia is pregnant, and that she has been out in the open ocean gestating her babies and that this spring she will lead us to where those baby white sharks are born - the nursery," he said. Mr Fischer, who has led numerous ocean expeditions, added: "If you forced me to guess where that was, I'd say it was over in the Mediterranean, near Turkey... but that's longball I'm playing. She could turn around right now head back to Florida."

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26514827

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England is rain-free for the first whole day in three months... and it's put a spring in the step of this little lamb

  • Meteorologists say it's the first prolonged dry spell for England in three months - since the start of December
  • Rain is set to stay away due to a band of high pressure, but Met Office has issued fog warning for tomorrow

After the wettest winter on record in England and Wales, this map is quite a sight for sore eyes - showing the country virtually rain-free. Forecasters MetDesk released the graphic as Britain enjoyed another day of beautiful spring weather, after the hottest day of the year on Sunday. Meteorologists said that this is the first prolonged dry spell for the country in three months - since the start of December. But while the rain is set to stay away in the coming days due to a band of high pressure, the Met Office has issued a fog warning for tomorrow. During the early hours of this morning, night owls in Northumberland were treated to stunning natural displays as fog covered much of the North.

 

Alnwick Castle, which was used as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films, was shrouded in fog last night. Nearby, a rare sighting of a fogbow - formed by cloud and fog droplets – was spotted as the moon cast its silver light through low-lying fog. The setting moon also bleached low-lying fog by the A1 near Alnwick, with its silver glow silhouetting two dead trees to create an eerie scene.

 

Tonight, aside from cloud and patchy drizzle in the far north-west of Scotland, it will be a dry night across the UK with clear spells expected. However, there is the threat of mist and fog developing quite widely as the night progresses, particularly across England, and it will be chilly. Tomorrow, overnight mist and fog will lift away to leave a dry and bright day across much of the UK with spells of sunshine on offer. Then on Friday, it will be largely dry across England and Wales with fog and low cloud dispersing to allow for some sunny spells. The average temperature for March in the UK is around 10C (50F), but last Sunday it peaked at 20.5 (69F) in Gravesend, Kent.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2579158/UK-weather-England-rain-free-day-three-months-making-it.html

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Put your brollies away! Britain is set for driest March ever

 

BRITAIN may be enjoying the driest March on record – with little chance of rain for at least the next fortnight, forecasters said last night. A “mammoth†area of high pressure, which has brought the recent above-average temperatures, is wedged over the UK. And it shows no signs of shifting yet, meaning the country may not see any significant rainfall until April. Almost everywhere can look forward to at least 10 more days of it being dry and sunny. After weeks of the wettest winter since 1910, parts of the country have so far seen less than a sixth of the average rainfall for March. Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said this month could beat March 1927 when only 0.6ins of rain fell.

 

He said: “It is a similar stubborn high to that which we saw during the very hot weather last summer and it will stay very, very dry. “It is going to bring more glorious conditions with temperatures to stay around 63F (17C) or even 64F at the weekend. The only downside is all the right  ingredients are there for some quite problematic fog.†The prospect of a lengthy dry spell will come as a relief to the flood-ravaged South. Although river and groundwater levels have fallen they are still “exceptionally highâ€. The Environment Agency still has four flood warnings and 59 flood alerts in place across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, West Sussex, West Berkshire, Kent and Surrey. But a spokesman said a continued dry spell would see water levels fall in the worst-hit areas. The deluged Somerset Levels were seeing falling levels after Britain’s biggest ever pumping operation, although ground- water levels remain exceptionally high across much of the South.

 

But the Met Office said so far just 0.5ins of rain has fallen in London against an average of 2.2ins across the South-east. East Anglia has seen 0.2ins, a seventh of the 1.7ins average, while parts of Wales have seen 0.8ins, a sixth of the region’s 4.6ins average. The warm weather could bring the risk of disruptive fog and the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for fog across most of the South today. A spokesman said: “Where it forms it is likely to be dense at times, especially in low-lying areas. The public should be aware of the potential for some difficult driving conditions and disruption to travel, particularly during the morning rush hour.â€

 

Spokeswoman Nicky Maxey said: “It is going to stay fairly mild with temperatures dropping slightly to more normal values though creeping up again on Sunday. “It will feel colder at night but then start to warm up again during the day.†Britain has so far basked in temperatures higher than Greece and the Mediterranean with the mercury touching 69F (20.5C) in Kent last weekend. Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel, predicted another glorious few days this weekend. He said: “Sunday may turn out to be a fine and quite sunny day for southern and eastern England.†Fog today may linger till late morning, but it will get warmer by the afternoon. He said temperatures will hit 63F where the sun breaks through earliest in the morning, while sheltered locations such as west Wales may reach 64F. Sales of barbecues have rocketed 111 per cent compared to the same time last year. Asda spokeswoman Mammy Kufuor said: “The nation has been raring to light the barbecues.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/464557/Put-your-brollies-away-Britain-is-set-for-driest-March-ever

 

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10 days of sun! Spring heatwave set to continue

 

BALMY Britain is set to enjoy 10 days of glorious sunshine, forecasters announced yesterday. A surprise 17C spring heatwave will continue for at least the next week- and-a-half. That will make much of the country warmer than the Mediterranean islands Sicily and Malta, which will only scrape 15C. And thousands of us will dig out barbecues and bikinis to hit the beaches this weekend. Weather Channel forecaster Leon Brown said: “Today will see warm sunshine by the afternoon with temperatures reaching 17C. “The weekend is predicted to be dry in the east and south with bright or sunny weather.

 

“Sunday may turn out to be a quite sunny day for southern and eastern England, with temperatures up to 17C. “And we can expect southern Britain to be dry until the middle of next week.†But north-western areas of Scotland could see some rain over the weekend. He added: “Temperatures will fall later next week and it will become unsettled generally.†Asda bosses have already seen a doubling in demand for barbecues. High Street clothing shops say sales of shorts have also doubled, while sun cream has had a 25% sales boom. An Asda spokesman said: “The mild start to March marks the earliest ever start to barbecue season.â€

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/369468/10-days-of-sun-Spring-heatwave-set-to-continue

 

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It's bizarre that 17C is described as a 'heatwave' A heatwave is not 17C. Posted Image

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Flights Delayed And Cancelled Amid Thick Fog

 

There has been disruption to dozens of flights at some of Britain's airports due to thick fog this morning. Many arrivals and departures have been cancelled at London City Airport, while Southampton Airport said it was also experiencing delays and cancellations. Heathrow Airport reported "minor delays" on a "few" in-bound flights, but said there were no cancellations or delays to flights from the airport. Gatwick has said it has no cancellations and no major delays. A spokesman said: "We have had one flight re-diverted to us from London City airport, but otherwise everything is operating 100% as normal." The Met Office has issued a yellow warning across England, Wales and southwest Scotland, which means people are advised to take extra care, especially while travelling. The fog is expected to lift by mid-morning. London City Airport said on its website: "Due to low visibility at London City Airport this morning flights are experiencing disruptions. "Passengers are advised to contact their airlines for more information."

 

Visibility was said to be down to below 100 metres at the airport, which is situated at the Royal Docks in Newham, east London. Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said: "High pressure is the perfect recipe for fog formation due to light winds and clear skies."This is what has brought us widespread fog this morning with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for fog across England, Wales and into southwest Scotland - valid until 10am. "Driving conditions will be difficult and some transport disruption is expected. "The fog should thin and lift from most places by late morning allowing some warm sunshine to break through and temperatures to climb to 13 to 15C. "However, as yesterday there may be some areas that remain stuck in low cloud with temperatures held down at around 6 or 7C."

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1225110/flights-delayed-and-cancelled-amid-thick-fog

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Swan lake: Beautiful swans bask in the sunshine as UK's fine weather continues

 

CROWDING on the water’s edge, a vast flock of swans yesterday enjoyed some al fresco dining in glorious sunshine. The birds were tucking in to their daily meal at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset which is home to a colony of mute swans.

Much of the country revelled in fine weather with temperatures reaching a high of 63F (17C) in London and East Anglia. The welcome relief following the wettest winter on record has caused many plants to bloom early, including rhododendrons in Matlock, Derbyshire – with schoolgirl Maggie Welsh, six, enjoying the early show of colour.

 

High pressure sitting over the UK has sparked the warm conditions and forecasters predict it could stay this way for the rest of the month. But with temperatures falling overnight conditions are perfect for fog. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thick fog across most of England today and cautioned drivers to take care on the roads. The poor visibility is thought to have been to blame for a crash on the A3102 near Calne in Wiltshire which claimed the life of a woman whose car was in collision with a lorry.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/464793/Sunny-swan-lake-Beautiful-swans-bask-in-the-sunshine-as-UK-s-fine-weather-continues

 

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