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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Cumbria boasts the hottest place in England

Sun worshippers enjoyed record-breaking temperatures in Cumbria – with Keswick the hottest place in England.

Sunshine photo
Penny Kinsella soaks up the early spring sun

Temperatures peaked at 20.8C in the town yesterday, hotter than parts of continental Europe, including Barcelona, Nice, Majorca and Faro in Portugal, none of which saw temperatures rise out of the high teens.

At Allonby and St Bees, beach towels came out and the Solway looked suddenly inviting as Cumbria basked in glorious spring sunshine.

People across the county dug out their under-used barbecues, while others flocked to cafes with outdoor seating.

Ice cream sales soared along with the temperature.

David Twentyman, owner of Twentymans of Allonby, said: “We hope it’s the start of summer.

“Last year was very busy at the end of March and April. It seems to be getting busier earlier on in the year.”

After listening to the weather forecast on Friday, he made more ice cream than usual to cope with demand over the weekend.

Mark Richardson, owner of Egremont-based Hartley’s Ice Cream, said he was gearing up for a busy day at St Bees.

Provisional figures show that the highest temperature recorded nationally was 22.8C at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, making it the warmest March day on record for Scotland.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland and Wales recorded 20.9C at Ballykelly and 20.7C at Gogerddan respectively.

Forecasters said that there was a marked contrast between the south and east of England, where temperatures were low, and parts of Scotland, Wales, and the north west of England where it was hot.

After a cool start with any mist or fog soon clearing, it will be another dry and sunny day today, with a maximum temperature of 20C in Cumbria.

Temperatures look set to fall back to a more seasonal average of 11-12C by next weekend.

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