Photo Gallery: Summer’s here! Temperatures well above average for May - and today set to be another scorcher
06:30 19 May 2014
East Anglia enjoyed temperatures on a par with the warmest parts of Europe over the weekend as Britain basked on the hottest days of the year so far.
Families flocked to the coast to enjoy the cooling sea breezes as Friday became the hottest day of the year, but was then subsequently topped by Saturday and then by Sunday.
The highest temperature on Friday was 23.3C in Pershore, Worcestershire, while on Saturday Suffolk’s Santon Downham, close to the border with Norfolk, was the hotspot with 23.9C.
On Sunday, London’s St James’s Park reached 24.2C.
Chris Bell, forecaster at Norwich’s WeatherQuest, said: “The average for this time of year is about 16 or 17 degrees so it’s a full-blown five or six degrees above average.”
He added: “It’s been 20C to 25C all across The Med so we’ve been on a par with what the warmest parts in Europe have seen.”
The good weather will last through Monday, but it looks likely to become unsettled later in the day on Tuesday and into Wednesday.
Mr Bell said: “Tuesday evening and into Wednesday things start to get a bit unsettled with a chance of rain.
“Monday will be dry and most likely most of the day on Tuesday will be too although there’s a risk of a few isolated showers.
“But it’s still going to be quite warm to the end of the week with temperatures in the low 20s.
“It will be more humid feeling and there’ll be a chance a rain but it will not necessarily get any cooler.”
At this time of year, the average minimum temperature drops down to around 7C at night.
In recent times the highest recorded temperature in May has been 26C with the lowest recorded temperature -2C.
Met Office charts say each of the last five months have been warmer than average.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes is offering odds of 8/1 on May becoming the hottest on record.