Today Is The Hottest April Day In The UK Since 1949
You probably don't need me to tell you this, but it's bloody warm out there today. After The Longest Winter ever and several repeat visits from The Beast From the East, the UK has finally been graced with 'beer garden weather'.
Temperatures in London reached 28.8C today, which for April is absolutely fantastic, isn't it? In fact, it's the hottest April day in the UK since 1949, when it hit 29.4C.
Usually, at this time of year, the temperatures are around 11-12C.
Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: "After quite a dull and chilly start to spring this is the first bout of real warm sunshine that we've seen.
"The sun at this time of year is nearly equally as strong as it can be in the summer so people just need to be cautious of that and make sure that they do look after themselves."
But it's not all good news, because, hay-fever sufferers are set to a rough couple of days thanks to high pollen-levels across the country. Sorry about, that.
:sunny:It is currently 28.8 °C at @RAFNortholt Not far from the all time record for the UK April maximum temperature of 29.4C :thermometer:️ #warmestdayoftheyear so far... :sunny: pic.twitter.com/riYrWlWWUV
- Met Office (@metoffice) April 19, 2018
According to the Met Office, today is going to be the hottest day, but if you're stuck in work and feel like you're missing out try not to worry too much because we still have some lovely weather to look forward to - with London getting highs of 23C on Saturday (hard lines for anyone running the London Marathon), elsewhere Birmingham and Manchester could hit 21C and Newcastle 14.
The perfect excuse to throw a BBQ if ever I heard one.
It's best to make the most, because the Met Office reckon once the weekend is over we're back to more April-appropriate temps.
The forecast for Saturday to Monday is: "Plenty of warm sunshine for most on Saturday then for the southeast on Sunday. Unsettled, cooler and breezy on Monday."
If you want to feel smug,
the UK is currently hotter than a bunch of European cities, including Madrid
Oh and if you are going out in the sunshine don't forget the sun cream, eh? You're not harder than the sun.
Source: Met Office
Featured Image Credit: PA