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Britain falls victim to weather madness with fog hell and fun in the sun on same day

 

THE topsy-turvy spring weather yesterday saw thick fog cause travel chaos as other parts of the nation enjoyed sizzling sunshine. Police blasted “lunatic†70mph drivers for a spate of smashes during the zero-visibility conditions across southern Britain. There were crashes on major roads in Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Bristol and Somerset. They caused huge traffic jams, as the fog brought delays to thousands of other drivers. One Thames Valley traffic policeman slammed drivers for tearing along the misty M4 in Berkshire. He said: “It’s absolutely crazy, in places you can hardly see your hand in front of your face.†The thick fog also caused chaos at airports in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

 

But much of the nation enjoyed glorious warm sunshine as a surprise spring heatwave continues. Temperatures are set to rise as high as 18C across much of the nation this week. That will make Britain as warm as St Tropez in France and the Italian island of Capri. Forecasters warned conditions will briefly become cooler and cloudier at the beginning of next week. But they will soon bounce back warmer than ever. Weather Channel forecaster Leon Brown said: “High pressure this weekend will bring warm, dry weather to much of the country.

 

"There are signs that the breakdown in the pattern we expect later next week could be delayed for a few days. “We may see dry weather over the south for much of next week, with the weather warming up again from next Wednesday. “Temperatures could reach 18C to 19C by next Thursday and Friday over central and southern areas. “This will happen as high pressure tries to build back over the UK from the south-west. However, it will be colder in the north.â€

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/369650/Britain-falls-victim-to-weather-madness-with-fog-hell-and-fun-in-the-sun-on-same-day

 

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Dust off the BBQs as today's sunshine to continue into weekend

 

Those staring enviably out the office window at today’s great weather shouldn't get too disheartened - after a slightly cooler and cloudy Saturday, Sunday will hit highs of 17C, accompanied by some glorious sunshine. It might not quite be a summer scorcher - but for mid-March it will feel very warm and bring a second weekend treat in a row, particularly after the months of storms and rain. The average UK high for March is just 11.6C. Next week the weather is unfortunately set to cool down and there will be some midweek rain, so sun lovers should make the most of the weekend weather. The best of the weather will be in the south-east, while things will also be particularly pleasant in the east and north-east of England.

 

The unseasonable warmth is looking like it could be a precursor to some very hot weather across the UK in a few months time - scientists have predicted that this summer will be the hottest on record.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-dust-off-the-bbqs-as-todays-sunshine-to-continue-into-weekend-9192401.html

summer 2014 'likely to be hottest on record'

 

Perhaps hard to believe during the wettest winter in a hundred years, but scientists are 75 per cent certain that 2014 will be the hottest summer on record. The weather is being linked to the El Niño pattern, which occurs when waters on the Pacific equator are unusually warm, which can lead to disruptive changes in ocean and wind currents across the world. In a study published by the 'PNAS' journal, scientists in Germany claim they are able to forecast El Niño trends a year in advance, up from the six months currently forecast, LiveScience reported. The scientists at Armin Bunde of Justus Liebig University in Giessen, made their prediction by mapping links between temperatures in the El Niño basin and the rest of the Pacific.

 

This is instead of mapping water temperatures in the eastern Pacific, which only achieves six month forecasts because the method is affected by winds blowing across the equator. Scientist claimed that by using the new method, they correctly predicted no El Niño events over the past two years, but say there will be one in late 2014. The researchers hope that the longer forecasts could be used to help countries prepare more effectively for the potentially turbulent weather changes El Niño can bring. However, Climatologist Tim Barnett at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, told LiveScience that the methods the researchers used were outdated.

 

"The techniques the researchers used made me feel like I was back in the 1980s and 1990s," Mr Barnett said in an interview. Other experts argue that this approach only analyses statistical patterns in temperature,  rather than the physics of the seas or atmosphere, which they claim can always be found if you look hard enough. "The risk of an El Nino event in the second half of 2014 has increased, but it's certainly not guaranteed at this point in time," said Andrew Watkins, Supervisor, Climate Prediction at Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, adding the likelihood of the summer weather would not be clear until the second quarter. El Niño means "little boy" or "the baby Jesus" in Spanish, and was named by South American fishermen who noticed that the ocean heats around Christmas. Its counterpart, La Niña, or "little girl", occurs when equatorial Pacific waters are unusually cold. El Niño and La Niña are together knwon as the El Niño Southern Oscillation, or ENSO.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/weather-summer-2014-to-be-hottest-on-record-9122575.html

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It's obvious that the Daily Express is trolling the general public.

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Spring will be a sunny delight for Britain: Three months of warm weather on the way

 

BRITAIN will enjoy an amazing three months of warm weather with balmy conditions set to last until June, according to forecasters. Long-range predictions suggest there will be above-average temperatures and plenty more sunshine in the run-up to summer. It comes as the whole country basks in a glorious mini heatwave which could see the mercury hit 68F (20C) in the South this weekend. Sun-lovers can look forward to another burst of summer-like conditions with the best temperatures likely to be tomorrow. Although next week will be cooler, with even the chance of snow on high ground in the North, the rest of March will have plenty of sunshine. The Met Office’s three-month forecast suggests temperatures above or near average. It’s all down to a weather pattern called the North Atlantic Oscillation which is expected to enter a positive phase allowing warm air to flood in. Temperatures are expected to stay above-average this weekend, says the Met Office

 

But the North will be cooler, although thermometers will nudge into the 50s (around 12C), and there will be the risk of strong winds in Scotland. Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said: “Overall, the next three months will see above average temperatures with the chance of significant heat spikes between cooler spells. “The rest of March looks good, though cooler next week in the North, with above-average temperatures in April. “Then May looks like it is going to catch fire. There is the chance of a really scorching run-up to summer.†Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis confirmed temperatures could go as high as 68F (20C) in parts of the South-east tomorrow – despite cloud in the South-west and Wales. He said: “Further east, we should see some warm sunshine again, with temperatures reaching the mid to high teens, perhaps 20C, somewhere in the South-east again.â€

 

Bookies are already taking bets on this month beating 2012 to be the warmest March on record. Coral has odds of 5-1 – with 4-1 on it being the warmest March in the past 10 years. Forecasters also predict this March could be the driest on record – good news as parts of the country still clean up after the winter floods. A spokesman for the Environment Agency, which still has four flood warnings in place, said: “Groundwater levels remain exceptionally high across the South. On the Somerset Levels, the river flood risk remains medium with significant disruption affecting properties.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/465006/Spring-will-be-a-sunny-delight-for-Britain-Three-months-of-warm-weather-on-the-way

 

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Britain going to be hotter than AFRICA this weekend but expect snow as well!

 

BRITAIN will sizzle in 20C sunshine this weekend, with the hot spell set to last until the summer. Met Office forecasters say an early spring heatwave could see the mercury hit 20C in some areas tomorrow. That is more than double the normal UK March average of 9C, meaning Britain will be warmer than Tunis in north Africa. But forecasters at the Weather Channel last night warned snow will hit Britain next week. Leon Brown said flurries will be found on “higher ground†later in the week as temperatures drop. Most of the nation will enjoy warm sunshine and temperatures in the high teens or even 20C for the next two days.

 

Tomorrow is set to see the best of the weather, with the south coast enjoying the warmest conditions. That has sparked a boom in shorts shopping, with Asda reporting a four-fold increase in just a week. Waxing kits, razors and shaving foam were also flying off shelves as girls prepare to get their legs out. Met Office forecaster Laura Young explained: “This high pressure is continuing over the weekend. “We’re going to see very mild and settled weather, unless you live in north-west Scotland, which will see a few showers.â€

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/369843/Britain-gets-a-heatwave-hotter-than-Tunis-with-a-bit-of-snow

 

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Britain going to be hotter than AFRICA this weekend but expect snow as well!

 

BRITAIN will sizzle in 20C sunshine this weekend, with the hot spell set to last until the summer. Met Office forecasters say an early spring heatwave could see the mercury hit 20C in some areas tomorrow. That is more than double the normal UK March average of 9C, meaning Britain will be warmer than Tunis in north Africa. But forecasters at the Weather Channel last night warned snow will hit Britain next week. Leon Brown said flurries will be found on “higher ground†later in the week as temperatures drop. Most of the nation will enjoy warm sunshine and temperatures in the high teens or even 20C for the next two days.

 

Tomorrow is set to see the best of the weather, with the south coast enjoying the warmest conditions. That has sparked a boom in shorts shopping, with Asda reporting a four-fold increase in just a week. Waxing kits, razors and shaving foam were also flying off shelves as girls prepare to get their legs out. Met Office forecaster Laura Young explained: “This high pressure is continuing over the weekend. “We’re going to see very mild and settled weather, unless you live in north-west Scotland, which will see a few showers.â€

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/369843/Britain-gets-a-heatwave-hotter-than-Tunis-with-a-bit-of-snow

 

Another terribly worded piece of journalism. Hot spell set to last all summer - really!. First of all it is March and there are 2 months to go until summer, and the forecast for next week certainly doesn't say hot spell. Most of the nation will enjoy warm sunshine.. mmm no sunshine over the whole of NW portion of the country today, the word 'most' factually incorrect. Temps in high teens reserved for SE quarter only.

 

I can't help but think because we have had an exceptionally wet winter - the media has gone into over hype mode during this settled pleasant spell, speaking about it out of context.

 

A heatwave... don't make me laugh..

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Britain set for hottest summer EVER after ''exceptionally mild'' spring weather makes UK warmer than Mediterranean

 

Forecasters are expecting a surprise summer heatwave and bookies have now slashed the odds of temperatures soaring past the 25.6C March record set 1968 in Mepal, Cambs Britain basked in glorious sunshine again yesterday as temperatures topped 19C – hotter than on the Med. And forecasters are saying this summer could be the UK’s hottest ever because of warmer water as far away as the Pacific. Thousands flocked to beaches, beer gardens and parks to lap up “exceptionally mild†spring weather caused by a band of high pressure making its way across Britain. The hottest ­recorded in Britain yesterday was 19.3C (66F) in London’s St James’s Park.

 

That was more than two degrees warmer than in Greece where temperatures reached 17C and six degrees hotter than Turkey where it was just 13C. Bookies have now slashed the odds of temperatures soaring past the 25.6C March record set 1968 in Mepal, Cambs, after the mercury soared well above the 12C average for this time of year. And despite the wettest winter on record in England and Wales, forecasters are now expecting Britain to experience a surprise summer heatwave. Boffins at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, say there is a 75 per cent chance that this summer will be a scorcher, with Britain set for an El Niño weather pattern, That means waters on the Pacific equator rise higher than usual, ­leading to hotter temperatures here. It is even possible 2003’s record of 38.5C in Faversham, Kent, may fall.

 

Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan confirmed: “It was a lovely warm sunny day in the South.†MeteoGroups’s Andy Ratcliffe added: “It will be dry across the UK, but there could more unsettled weather towards the end of the week in the North West.†And the good news is large parts of the country will still be basking today. In the South and East of England, temperatures are expected to top 18C. But in the North West and Scotland, temperatures will be cooler with a chance of rain.

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-hottest-summer-ever-3248404

 

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Forecasters are expecting a surprise summer heatwave 

 

How can they expect it if it's gonna be a surprise? It'll snow in June.

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Britain set for hottest summer EVER after ''exceptionally mild'' spring weather makes UK warmer than Mediterranean

 

Forecasters are expecting a surprise summer heatwave and bookies have now slashed the odds of temperatures soaring past the 25.6C March record set 1968 in Mepal, Cambs Britain basked in glorious sunshine again yesterday as temperatures topped 19C – hotter than on the Med. And forecasters are saying this summer could be the UK’s hottest ever because of warmer water as far away as the Pacific. Thousands flocked to beaches, beer gardens and parks to lap up “exceptionally mild†spring weather caused by a band of high pressure making its way across Britain. The hottest ­recorded in Britain yesterday was 19.3C (66F) in London’s St James’s Park.

 

That was more than two degrees warmer than in Greece where temperatures reached 17C and six degrees hotter than Turkey where it was just 13C. Bookies have now slashed the odds of temperatures soaring past the 25.6C March record set 1968 in Mepal, Cambs, after the mercury soared well above the 12C average for this time of year. And despite the wettest winter on record in England and Wales, forecasters are now expecting Britain to experience a surprise summer heatwave. Boffins at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, say there is a 75 per cent chance that this summer will be a scorcher, with Britain set for an El Niño weather pattern, That means waters on the Pacific equator rise higher than usual, ­leading to hotter temperatures here. It is even possible 2003’s record of 38.5C in Faversham, Kent, may fall.

 

Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan confirmed: “It was a lovely warm sunny day in the South.†MeteoGroups’s Andy Ratcliffe added: “It will be dry across the UK, but there could more unsettled weather towards the end of the week in the North West.†And the good news is large parts of the country will still be basking today. In the South and East of England, temperatures are expected to top 18C. But in the North West and Scotland, temperatures will be cooler with a chance of rain.

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-hottest-summer-ever-3248404

 

Ah well that's summer knackered then....get the wellies, brollies, hats and scarves at the ready.

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BBC weather for the week ahead with Sarah Keith-Lucas

 

Breezy

 

Some rain (particularly across the northern half of the UK)

 

Southern areas holding onto the influence of high pressure

 

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Britain is on course for the hottest ever summer... and it's starting now as weathermen say warm days are here to stay in March

  • Temperatures expected to reach 19C in the south of England today, say forecasters
  • Experts have predicted there is a 75% chance of this summer being the hottest ever
  • Britain could experience an El Niño weather pattern, caused by rising temperatures in the Pacific
  • Next week will stay dry and mild for this time of year, say Met Office forecasters

Britain is on course for the hottest ever summer and it's starting now as forecasters say that the sun is set to stay throughout the rest of March. Temperatures are expected to reach 19C in the south of England today, and although there will be a slight drop from tomorrow onwards, it will remain dry and mild for the remainder of the month, with plenty of warm days to come.  After experiencing the wettest winter since records began, Britons could spend the summer basking in glorious sunshine with experts predicting that there is a 75per cent chance the summer could be among the hottest ever.

 

Scientists at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, say Britain could experience an El Niño weather pattern, which occurs when waters on the Pacific equator become unusually warm. Global temperatures could increase as a result of this, according to Professor Armin Bunde, leading to hotter temperatures around the globe, including in Britain. It could even beat July 2006, the warmest month on record over much of the UK, when temperatures regularly topped 28C. The hottest temperature ever reached in the UK was a sweltering 38.5C recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.

 

Forecasters at the Met Office were unable to predict as far ahead as this summer, but said yesterday's temperatures will continue across the region today but will drop to the mid-teens from tomorrow onwards. The temperature reached 19.3C in London yesterday, making it warmer than holiday hotspots Greece and Turkey where the mercury only reached 17C and thousands of people headed to beaches and parks to make the most of the sunshine. Tens of thousands of people raced to the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, to try and get a good spot on the seven mile stretch of golden sand. The temperature was 17C at the resort due to the coastal breeze and crowds of people were seen basking in the sunshine wearing sunglasses and T-shirts. Crowds filled the promenade as many decided to go for a stroll in the glorious weather and the pier was a hive of activity.

 

The nearby resort of Mudeford in Christchurch was just as busy, attracting families with children and beach hut owners who took the opportunity to fling open the doors. The luxury timber structures are the most expensive in the country and can sell for up to 200,000 pounds each. Debbie Jones, 39, from Ringwood in Hampshire, was on the beach with her husband, Mark, 41, and their daughter Lily, four. She said: 'After all the bad weather we have had it is so nice to see such beautiful sunshine and blue skies. 'I have to keep reminding myself that it is March and just a few weeks ago we had torrential rain. 'My daughter is having such a lovely time building sandcastles and paddling in the sea, it almost feels like summer.'

 

Bookmakers have also cut the odds of March being the hottest yet to 5-1, with temperatures soaring above the normal average of 12C. The highest temperature ever recorded for March was 25 degrees in Cambridgeshire in 1968. The balmy weather is due to an area of high pressure sitting over the country. Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan said those in the south should make the most of today's sun as 'it won't be nearly as warm' next week, though it will still be dry and mild for this time of the year. Mr Morgan said today would be fine across southern parts of England: 'It will be cloudy across western parts of the country and in Wales. London will see the highest temperatures.' The capital saw a high of 19.3C in St James's Park yesterday, and Mr Morgan said the city would see similar highs today.

 

But there is no such luck for northern England and Northern Ireland and Scotland, with the Met Office predicting cloud and some drizzle for hilly areas across north-west England. Mr Morgan added southern England and Wales would stay dry next week because of 'high pressure keeping things settled', but more cloud could be on its way for the south of England from tomorrow onwards. Tomorrow will be largely dry across England and Wales with just the chance of some light rain over the hills in Wales and north-west England. Southern and eastern parts of England will see some bright and sunny spells, but there will be more in the way of cloud around, particularly in the west.

 

It will be breezy across Scotland and Northern Ireland with some light rain and drizzle in north-west Scotland, while Tuesday will be a more unsettled day with showery outbreaks of rain spreading east across the UK, giving some locally heavy and potentially thundery bursts of rain to northern areas.  Scotland and northern England will experience rain on Wednesday, although it will be drier elsewhere with some brighter spells. The highest temperature recorded for the UK so far this year was 20.5C in Gravesend, Kent, last Sunday. Mild temperatures have also meant that British asparagus has gone on sale at supermarkets three weeks earlier than last year. A mild winter and growing hardy varieties under tunnels have helped bring the crop onto shelves much earlier, Marks & Spencer said. The season traditionally runs from late March and early April and this year's introduction matches the earliest ever UK asparagus in 2012.

 

FROM RISING TEMPERATURES TO HIGHER THAN AVERAGE RAINFALL: WHAT IS THE EL NINO PHENOMENON

 

Scientists in Germany believe there is a 75 per cent chance that 2014 will be the hottest on record with El Niño phenomenon contributing to rising temperatures. An El Niño occurs when equatorial Pacific waters are unusually warm. It can change ocean and wind currents across the globe, wreaking havoc on the climate. During an El Niño event the trade winds weaken so warm, nutrient-poor water is not pushed westward and comes to occupy the entire tropical Pacific Ocean.

 

The cold water is not forced to the surface and the coastal waters of Peru and Ecuador become unusually warm, pushing up temperatures across the globe. However, the warmer water has a devastating impact on their fishing crops which rely on cool waters to thrive, and the region also experiences an extremely higher than average amounts of rainfall. The name El Niño is believed to have been coined in the 19th century after Peruvian fisherman observed it around Christmas. The word is Spanish for 'boy' in reference to the infant Jesus Christ.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2582012/Britain-course-hottest-summer-starting-weathermen-say-warm-days-stay-March.html

 

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Warm days expected to last all March. Oh yes, I forgot temperatures of 8 degrees are warm which is all we saw today.

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Britain heading for HOTTEST summer EVER say experts

 

MUCH of Britain basked in glorious sunshine today as forecasters predicted we could be heading for our hottest summer yet! Weather experts have claimed there's a 75 per cent chance that over the next few months Brits will be bathed in Mediterranean-style temperatures. The UK has enjoyed blazing sunshine this weekend - and that's apparently just the first taste of the glorious summer to come. The March mini heatwave saw the mercury creep up to almost 68F (20C) today, making it warmer than holiday hotspots Greece and Turkey which saw temperatures of just 63F (17C). Longer term forecasts suggest there are plenty more warm days to come this spring and this could be followed by the warmest summer yet. Meanwhile, on the first hot day following the wettest winter on record, thousands headed to parks and beaches for a first taste of proper sunshine and the unseasonably hot weather.

 

Temperatures in London's St James Park reached 19.3 degrees yesterday, with the mercury expecting to reach at least that by the end of today. The unusually early good weather is due to an area of high pressure resting over the UK and a knock-on effect known as the El Nino weather pattern. El Nino occurs when waters on the Pacific equator become unusually warm, increasing temperatures across the globe. This is according to Professor Armin Bunde, of the Jutus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, whose research suggests the recent heatwave is the result of it.

 

In July 2006, temperatures reached a sweltering 28 degrees in some parts of the UK, the hottest month on record for a number of years. Judging by the findings, this could be the month that breaks that record as forecasts suggest hot summer days and long, balmy evenings. Next week will see a dip in temperature across the UK, though it will stay above 12 degrees and be dry and mild throughout the remainder of March. The South will see the warmest conditions, whereas the West and Wales will see a more cloudy, but temperate, atmosphere.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/465217/British-weather-experts-say-hottest-summer-ever

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Britain heading for HOTTEST summer EVER say experts

 

MUCH of Britain basked in glorious sunshine today as forecasters predicted we could be heading for our hottest summer yet! Weather experts have claimed there's a 75 per cent chance that over the next few months Brits will be bathed in Mediterranean-style temperatures. The UK has enjoyed blazing sunshine this weekend - and that's apparently just the first taste of the glorious summer to come. The March mini heatwave saw the mercury creep up to almost 68F (20C) today, making it warmer than holiday hotspots Greece and Turkey which saw temperatures of just 63F (17C). Longer term forecasts suggest there are plenty more warm days to come this spring and this could be followed by the warmest summer yet. Meanwhile, on the first hot day following the wettest winter on record, thousands headed to parks and beaches for a first taste of proper sunshine and the unseasonably hot weather.

 

Temperatures in London's St James Park reached 19.3 degrees yesterday, with the mercury expecting to reach at least that by the end of today. The unusually early good weather is due to an area of high pressure resting over the UK and a knock-on effect known as the El Nino weather pattern. El Nino occurs when waters on the Pacific equator become unusually warm, increasing temperatures across the globe. This is according to Professor Armin Bunde, of the Jutus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, whose research suggests the recent heatwave is the result of it.

 

In July 2006, temperatures reached a sweltering 28 degrees in some parts of the UK, the hottest month on record for a number of years. Judging by the findings, this could be the month that breaks that record as forecasts suggest hot summer days and long, balmy evenings. Next week will see a dip in temperature across the UK, though it will stay above 12 degrees and be dry and mild throughout the remainder of March. The South will see the warmest conditions, whereas the West and Wales will see a more cloudy, but temperate, atmosphere.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/465217/British-weather-experts-say-hottest-summer-ever

 

Would this be after the hundred days of snow...........

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Brits hit the beaches as we're set for hottest summer EVER

 

SUN-starved Brits hit the beaches yesterday as the weather put a string of foreign hotspots in the shade. The UK was warmer than Cyprus, Mallorca, and Portugal, with some areas basking in 20C.  Tens of thousands made their way to the seven-mile golden beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, as the temperature reached 17C. Nearby Mudeford in Christchurch was just as busy, with beach hut-owners making the most of blue skies. Just last month 50 of the 120 pads were destroyed by storms. Debbie Jones, 39, from Ringwood, Hants, was catching rays on the beach with her husband, Mark, 41, and their daughter Lily, four. She said: “After all the bad weather we have had it is so nice to see such beautiful sunshine and blue skies.†And the heat will keep on coming with experts saying this year could be Britain’s hottest-ever summer.

 

Scientists at Justus Liebig University in Germany say there is a 75% chance it will be a belter. Met Office forecaster Tony Gillard said the sun will continue for a few days but expect rain on Thursday. Meanwhile the hot weather may have brought out a black panther believed to be on the loose around an Essex village. It has been seen three more times since it was first spotted and photographed, right, last week by Lynn Lacy in Great Hallingbury. Lynn said it was “jet black with a huge swishy tail†and prowling along the edge of a field.

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/370072/Brits-hit-the-beaches-as-warm-spring-weather-makes-UK-hotter-than-Cyprus

 

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Somerset Flood Victim's Car For Sale On eBay

 

A submerged car that became one of the iconic images of flooding on the Somerset Levels has been put up for sale on eBay. Hubert Zajaczkowski's silver Seat Toledo was seen bobbing along a road near Muchelney after he abandoned it on Christmas Eve because of the rising water. The five-door saloon was swamped by water and was filmed and photographed by the world's media as they descended on the village.

 

It was even commented on by the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr Zajaczkowski admits the car, which has clocked up 110,000 non-nautical miles, is "not in working condition". It is missing most of its windows and its dirty paintwork and interior would be a match for any valet - although it does come with a CD player. Proceeds from the auction, which has already attracted nearly 50 bids, will go to an organisation set up to help victims of flooding.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Famous-flooded-seat-toledo-from-somerset-/191101185605?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item2c7e84ae45

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1227022/somerset-flood-victims-car-for-sale-on-ebay

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So the star/express & mail all rolling with the hottest summer (yet). The great orators of our time, ladies & gentlemen.

 

rainfest it is, then!

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Paris car ban set to start after pollution hits high

 

Hundreds of police will monitor traffic in Paris on Monday after pollution levels prompted the French government to impose major restrictions. Only motorists whose cars have odd-numbered registration plates will be allowed to drive. On Tuesday, if the restrictions remain in place, it will be the turn of those with even-numbered plates. Ministers acted after air pollution exceeded safe levels for five days running in Paris and surrounding areas. The smoggy conditions have been caused by a combination of cold nights and warm days, which have prevented pollution from dispersing

 

The measure has been tried once before, in 1997. Paris air quality monitoring body Airparif says it had a noticeable impact on improving air quality, although critics have disputed its findings. Motorcycles will also be covered by the ban, which runs from 05:30 (04:30 GMT) to midnight on Monday. There are exceptions for electric and hybrid vehicles, and for cars carrying three or more passengers. Those flouting the restrictions will face a small fine although there will be free parking for those with number-plates ending in an even number. Delivery companies are already complaining of lost income, BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield says. Politically the stakes are high, with elections for Paris mayor due to start next week.

 

Opposition leader Jean-Francois Cope complained that the ban "lacks coherence, explanation and on the ground it's really panic". On Friday, public transport was made free of charge for three days in an attempt to encourage people to leave their cars at home. This measure will continue on Monday. The capital's air quality has been one of the worst on record, French environmental agencies say, rivalling the Chinese capital, Beijing, one of the world's most polluted cities. On Friday, pollution levels hit 180 microgrammes of PM10 particulates per cubic metre, more than double the safe limit of 80. PM10 particulates are emitted by vehicles, heating systems and heavy industry.

 

Pollution levels were said to have fallen on Sunday but were expected to rise again on Monday. The government is to review pollution levels again, before deciding whether to extend the driving restrictions for longer. Officials say one heavy rainfall would have more effect than a one-day ban.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26599010

UK Weather: Spring Sunshine Makes Britain Hotter Than Mediterranean

 

Now, we don't want to jinx it but there are whispers abound the sun is set to stay out for all of March. Even more tentatively, some forecasters are predicting the hottest summer ever for the UK. On Saturday the south of England basked in glorious sunshine with temperatures reaching 19C in some parts - warmer than Greece and Turkey. Bookies have cut the odds of the UK seeing it's highest ever March temperature - 25.6C in Cambridge in 1968. The north and Scotland however fared less well with cloud across much of the region.

 

Sunday appears to be much the same and the rest of the week should also be fine though with a slight drop in temperatures. MeteoGroups’s, Andy Ratcliffe, told the Mirror: "It will be dry across the UK, but there could more unsettled weather towards the end of the week in the North West." The El Nino weather pattern could play a part in the weather this summer which means warm Pacific waters rise higher than usual leading to hotter temperatures in the UK. However, long-range weather forecasting is notoriously unpredictable but we can hope...

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/16/uk-weather_n_4974459.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

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Posted Yesterday, 12:04

Britain set for hottest summer EVER after ''exceptionally mild'' spring weather makes UK warmer than Mediterranean

 

Forecasters are expecting a surprise summer heatwave and bookies have now slashed the odds of temperatures soaring past the 25.6C March record set 1968 in Mepal, Cambs Britain basked in glorious sunshine again yesterday as temperatures topped 19C – hotter than on the Med. And forecasters are saying this summer could be the UK’s hottest ever because of warmer water as far away as the Pacific. Thousands flocked to beaches, beer gardens and parks to lap up “exceptionally mild†spring weather caused by a band of high pressure making its way across Britain. The hottest ­recorded in Britain yesterday was 19.3C (66F) in London’s St James’s Park.

 

That was more than two degrees warmer than in Greece where temperatures reached 17C and six degrees hotter than Turkey where it was just 13C. Bookies have now slashed the odds of temperatures soaring past the 25.6C March record set 1968 in Mepal, Cambs, after the mercury soared well above the 12C average for this time of year. And despite the wettest winter on record in England and Wales, forecasters are now expecting Britain to experience a surprise summer heatwave. Boffins at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, say there is a 75 per cent chance that this summer will be a scorcher, with Britain set for an El Niño weather pattern, That means waters on the Pacific equator rise higher than usual, ­leading to hotter temperatures here. It is even possible 2003’s record of 38.5C in Faversham, Kent, may fall.

 

Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan confirmed: “It was a lovely warm sunny day in the South.†MeteoGroups’s Andy Ratcliffe added: “It will be dry across the UK, but there could more unsettled weather towards the end of the week in the North West.†And the good news is large parts of the country will still be basking today. In the South and East of England, temperatures are expected to top 18C. But in the North West and Scotland, temperatures will be cooler with a chance of rain.

 

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Britain heading for HOTTEST summer EVER say experts

 

In July 2006, temperatures reached a sweltering 28 degrees in some parts of the UK, the hottest month on record for a number of years. Judging by the findings, this could be the month that breaks that record as forecasts suggest hot summer days and long, balmy evenings. Next week will see a dip in temperature across the UK, though it will stay above 12 degrees and be dry and mild throughout the remainder of March. The South will see the warmest conditions, whereas the West and Wales will see a more cloudy, but temperate, atmosphere.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/465217/British-weather-experts-say-hottest-summer-ever

 

28 degrees?  Wow.  Do they mean 38 C?  Except that was August 2003, not July 2006.

 

28 degrees is unremarkable, is it not.  Even shabby summers 2007-12 saw that at my location at some point.

 

Gavin, can you please provide the link where the Express makes a grovelling apology for getting last winter totally wrong?  Obviously, they must be right about this summer coming, though.

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28 degrees?  Wow.  Do they mean 38 C?  Except that was August 2003, not July 2006.

 

28 degrees is unremarkable, is it not.  Even shabby summers 2007-12 saw that at my location at some point.

 

Gavin, can you please provide the link where the Express makes a grovelling apology for getting last winter totally wrong?  Obviously, they must be right about this summer coming, though.

It was spot on for Chicago!

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28 degrees?  Wow.  Do they mean 38 C?  Except that was August 2003, not July 2006.

 

28 degrees is unremarkable, is it not.  Even shabby summers 2007-12 saw that at my location at some point.

 

Gavin, can you please provide the link where the Express makes a grovelling apology for getting last winter totally wrong?  Obviously, they must be right about this summer coming, though.

 

LOL apology from the Express?! infact according to them they were right on rainfall amounts

 

Winter will be 'drier than normal', Met Office claimed...but the Express knew truth

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/461082/Winter-will-be-drier-than-normal-Met-Office-claimed-but-the-Express-knew-truth

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LOL apology from the Express?! infact according to them they were right on rainfall amounts

 

Winter will be 'drier than normal', Met Office claimed...but the Express knew truth

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/461082/Winter-will-be-drier-than-normal-Met-Office-claimed-but-the-Express-knew-truth

 

Strange that the massive snow falls and prolonged freezing weather that they predicted seem to have missed my location.

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