Heat wave in UK

Brighton, England, UK, 01 October 2011

Temperatures seldom reach 30 C in the United Kingdom in July let alone early October but it did happen yesterday.

The record for Britain’s hottest October day was broken Saturday as temperatures reached 29.9 C in Gravesend, southeast England.

Britain has been enjoying an unseasonable autumn heatwave over the past week as a southerly wind brought warm air northwards taking temperatures higher than in Athens, Barcelona and Los Angeles.

Beaches along the English southern coast were packed with daytrippers making the most of the good weather.

The Royal Horticultural Society said strawberries and rhododendrons were among the plants seen blooming at its flagship garden in Surrey, southeast England, when they were not expected to flower again until next spring.

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