Hampshire basks in sun as Spring arrives

Daily Echo: Holly Francis, six, and brother Ben, four, enjoy the sun among the daffodils in  Eastleigh Holly Francis, six, and brother Ben, four, enjoy the sun among the daffodils in Eastleigh

Hampshire is today basking in the one of the warmest days of the year so far.

High temperatures and sunshine are bathing the south as forecasters predict the mercury will reach 19C (66.2F).

Forecasters at the Met Office said yesterday's temperatures will continue across the region but will drop to the mid-teens from tomorrow onwards.

Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan said those in the south should make the most of today's sun as ''it won't be nearly as warm'' next week, though it will still be dry and mild for this time of the year.

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Mr Morgan said today would be fine across southern parts of England: ''It will be cloudy across western parts of the country and in Wales. London will see the highest temperatures.''

The capital saw a high of 19.3C (66.7F) in St James's Park yesterday, and Mr Morgan said the city would see similar highs today.

But there is no such luck for northern England and Northern Ireland and Scotland, with the Met Office predicting cloud and some drizzle for hilly areas across north-west England.

Mr Morgan added southern England and Wales would stay dry next week because of ''high pressure keeping things settled'', but more cloud could be on its way for the south of England from tomorrow onwards.

In northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the weather will stay more unsettled with cloud and rain expected next week.

The highest temperature recorded for the UK so far this year was 20.5C (69F) in Gravesend, Kent, last Sunday.

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4:38pm Sun 16 Mar 14

good-gosh says...

The sunshine was a Lib Dems initiative that the Tories tried to block – according to Matt in the Telegraph
The sunshine was a Lib Dems initiative that the Tories tried to block – according to Matt in the Telegraph good-gosh
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6:17pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

Sat in my garden sunbathing yesterday and today and don't need to go abroad now for a tan. Admittedly although the temp gauge was in the direct sun, at about mid day it read 104F.
Sat in my garden sunbathing yesterday and today and don't need to go abroad now for a tan. Admittedly although the temp gauge was in the direct sun, at about mid day it read 104F. Turtlebay
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