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Easter Heatwave Hitting UK With Temperatures Hotter Than Ibiza

Anish Vij

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Easter Heatwave Hitting UK With Temperatures Hotter Than Ibiza

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Temperatures in the UK are set to be hotter than Ibiza and Greece this Easter weekend.

As the week goes on, from Wednesday (13 April) onwards, the holiday sun will hit our capital.

London could reach highs of 20°C on Thursday (14 April) while destinations such as Ibiza and Majorca will only be 16°C.

Greece sees highs of 17°C to 19°C in Chios and Thessaloniki, Kavala and Limnos, reports Walesonline.

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Credit: Alamy

The Met Office forecast for this period reads: "Increasingly warm. Sunny spells Wednesday interspersed with cloudier periods and scattered showers.

"Thursday and Friday largely dry and bright. Morning mist and fog patches likely, slower to clear around coasts."

The forecasts have sparked bookmaker Ladbrokes to slash the odds to 5-2 on a record hot Easter as spokesman Alex Apati said: "At last it looks as though Brits will have something to smile about on the weather front, with a record-breaking Easter scorcher potentially on the cards."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

For Brits, the definition of heatwave can differ, as you'll see some walk around topless as soon as the sun comes out.

Others will be itching to put on a pair of shorts.

The Met Office explains: "A UK heatwave threshold is met when a location records a period of at least three consecutive days with daily maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding the heatwave temperature threshold.

"The threshold varies by UK county."

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Credit: Alamy

With regards to climate change being a potential factor, the Met Office adds: "Heatwaves are extreme weather events, but research shows that climate change is making these events more likely.

"A scientific study by the Met Office into the summer 2018 heatwave in the UK showed that the likelihood of the UK experiencing a summer as hot or hotter than 2018 is a little over 1 in 10.

"It is 30 times more likely to occur now than before the industrial revolution because of the higher concentration of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere.

"As greenhouse gas concentrations increase heatwaves of similar intensity are projected to become even more frequent, perhaps occurring as regularly as every other year by the 2050s.

"The Earth’s surface temperature has risen by 1°C since the pre-industrial period (1850-1900) and UK temperatures have risen by a similar amount."

Topics: Weather, UK News

Anish Vij
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