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UK has hottest Spring weather since records began

Despite a washout Bank Holiday, withwindswept beaches left almost deserted yesterday, conditions have been the warmest since the years after Shakespeare’s death.

The average day and night temperature in central England between March 1 and May 29 was 10.32C, said the Met Office. Previous average highs were 10.20C in 1893 and 10.10C in 2007.

The hottest day of the year so far came in April when the mercury hit 27.8C in Surrey.

The world’s oldest continuous weather record, which covers a triangular area between London, Manchester and Bristol, dates back to 1659, 43 years after Shakespeare’s death.

This spring was also the hottest for the UK as a whole and the driest in the East and South East.

And fears are growing that a chronic drought will hit crops.

Met Office forecaster Dave Britton said: “There have been long runs of days this spring with temperatures warmer than normal. It was certainly a very warm April and, although the tail end of May has not been so warm, the month has still been warmer than average.

“Easter and the early May bank holiday were fine and dry, although the late May bank holiday was mixed.

“February, March, April and May have all been above-average temperatures.

“The last week has seen some rainfall but beyond Tuesday there will be predominantly dry sunny weather in the South East. And it turns drier again through the first week of June.”

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