Monday, April 25, 2011

Hottest Easter Keeps UK on Track for Warmest April on Record

The hottest Easter in at least a century in Britain is keeping this month's temperatures on a pace to break the 2007 record for the warmest April in history. The highest temperature over the weekend was 27.8°C on Saturday at Wisley, in Surrey. In London, the temperature was 27.1°C on Saturday and around 25°C on Sunday, vs. a normal high of 15°C at this time of year.

Over 100,000 people were estimated to have flocked to southern beaches this weekend.

London temperatures this week are forecast to range from a high of 22°C on Monday to a more seasonable 13°C for the Royal Wedding on Friday.

Temperatures in April to date have been well above average over most of Europe, with the highest departures in Spain, France, and Germany.

Images (click to enlarge): Weekend crowds at Brighton beach, England, from UK Guardian; European temperature departures from average for April, 2011 to date, from NOAA/ESRL

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