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UK Weather Forecast: Yesterday Was Actually The Hottest Day Of The Year In England

Did you even notice? And now it's back to rain.

04/04/2016 09:38

England experienced a "taste of spring" as it enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far.

A top temperature of 17.2C (63F) was recorded on Sunday in Gravesend, Kent, while central parts of England also basked in warm weather and sunshine.

But the spring weather was brought to an abrupt halt as thundery showers swept in, with further wet weather forecast over the coming days.

Chris Page, from the Met Office, said average temperatures for April were normally around 11C (51.8F) or 12C (53.6F), but much of the south east had enjoyed temperatures in the region of 14C (57.2F) to 16C (60.8F).

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Hottest day of the year: A top temperature of 17.2C was recorded on Sunday in Gravesend, Kent

Although a welcome break in the weather, the warm spring day failed to top the highest temperature recorded in the UK this year - 18.7C (65.6F) in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, in March.

Officials issued warnings on Sunday for moderate to high air pollution in the south east as southerly winds swept dust from the Saharan region northwards, the Press Association reported.

While the dust had been expected to settle in parts, thundery "sharp showers" which hit parts of England and Wales on Sunday night are likely to have removed any trace.

And the wet weather looks set to continue.

"That was a little taste of spring," Mr Page said.

"As it looks for this week we've got some wet weather along eastern coast on Monday morning and it's a bit more of a cloudy picture with some showers around - and these showers will possibly be heavy across England and Wales with isolated thunder.

"They push their way northwards and then through the day, it's going to be quite wet across Northern Ireland and Scotland."

  • Steve Parsons/PA Wire
    People enjoying the Spring conditions on Brighton seafront as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F). PRESS ASSOCOATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story WEATHER Spring. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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    Tourists enjoy a punt ride along the river Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
  • Steve Parsons/PA Wire
    People enjoying the Spring conditions on Brighton beach as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F). PRESS ASSOCOATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story WEATHER Spring. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
  • Steve Parsons/PA Wire
    People enjoying the Spring conditions on Brighton beach as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F). PRESS ASSOCOATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story WEATHER Spring. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
  • Chris Radburn/PA Wire
    Tourists enjoy a punt ride along the river Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
  • Chris Radburn/PA Wire
    A tourist enjoy a punt ride along the river Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
  • Chris Radburn/PA Wire
    Tourists enjoy a punt ride along the river Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
  • Chris Radburn/PA Wire
    Tourists enjoy a punt ride along the river Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
  • Steve Parsons/PA Wire
    People enjoying the Spring conditions on Brighton beach as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
  • Chris Radburn/PA Wire
    Tourists enjoy a punt ride along the river Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
  • Chris Radburn/PA Wire
    Tourists enjoy a punt ride along the river Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
  • Chris Radburn/PA Wire
    Tourists enjoy a punt ride along the river Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
  • Steve Parsons/PA Wire
    People enjoying the Spring conditions on Brighton beach as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
  • Chris Radburn/PA Wire
    A tourist enjoy a punt ride along the river Cam in Cambridge as the country basks in what could be the hottest day of the year.
  • Steve Parsons/PA Wire
    People enjoying the Spring conditions on Brighton beach as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
  • Steve Parsons/PA Wire
    People enjoying the Spring conditions on Brighton beach as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
  • Yui Mok/PA Wire
    An early morning dog walker on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London, as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year on Sunday as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
  • Steve Parsons/PA Wire
    People enjoying the Spring conditions on Brighton beach as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
  • Yui Mok/PA Wire
    An early morning jogger on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London, as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year on Sunday as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
  • Yui Mok/PA Wire
    A man and his dog on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London, as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year on Sunday as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
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    A man walking his dog as the sun rises on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London, as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year on Sunday as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
  • Yui Mok/PA Wire
    An early morning dog walker on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London, as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year on Sunday as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
  • Yui Mok/PA Wire
    An early morning jogger on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London, as Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year on Sunday as temperatures soar to up to 19C (66.2F).
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