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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Cumbria hotter than the Mediterranean

Cumbria was hotter than parts of the Mediterranean as the record-breaking May weather continued over the weekend.

Summer Pattinson photo
Summer Pattinson, three, from Upperby, Carlisle, cools down with an ice cream

Beaches were packed and holiday hotspots sizzled as locals and tourists basked in the sunshine.

St Bees recorded a high of 26C on Sunday afternoon – topping Marseille and Nice on the south cost of France with 23C and 20C, while Spanish tourism hotspot Malaga could only muster 23C.

St Bees and Bridgefoot, near Workington, both recorded their highest temperatures ever on Friday – 27.8C – although records only go back to 1992 for St Bees and 1997 for Bridgefoot.

Penrith was the fourth hottest place in the UK at 24C yesterday – only Lincoln and Middlesbrough, with 26C, and Wembley, at 27C, were hotter.

Keswick and Carlisle recorded 24.6C and 24.1C, and business owners across the country were pleased to see the sun once again.

Richard Robinson, park manager at Trotters World of Animals near Bassenthwaite, said: “This is the sort of weather we want – it brings folk out and puts a smile on everyone’s face.

“It has certainly helped business..”

Further north at Carlisle locals sunbathed in their gardens, played sports in the parks and enjoyed barbecues. Carlisle Castle, site manager Ann Fiddler-Roddins said: “We have seen more families out but I think a lot of people have left the city centre.

“I really hope it will carry on for the jubilee and torch parade.”

Richard Monksdell, administrator at Ullswater Steamers, said as well as tempting more people out, the warm weather makes them act differently from normal.

He said: “People don’t cower from the rain when it’s hot and they eat more ice cream!”

Temperatures are set to hit 24C in Cumbria today but drop to around 20C tomorrow, with cloud and cooler temperatures forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

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