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April 19th was a hot one! Philippa has the facts and figures

Sunny in Swanage Photo: Robin Boultwood

Thursday 19th April 2018 turned out to be the second hottest April day since records began and the hottest April day since 1949 – hard to believe that barely a month ago we were almost knee-deep in snow! The Met Office recorded 29.1 C at St James Park in London, that's just 0.3 C shy of the current record, 29.4 C.

Local hotspots were Gravesend and East Malling, both reaching 27.1 C with Farnborough climbing to an impressive 27.3 C. In addition, Reading recorded it’s hottest ever April day, reaching 26.7 C. This is 0.5 C hotter than the previous record, which has stood for almost 70 years!

Of course the hot weather can catch us out and it’s worth remembering that at this time of year the sun is as strong as it is in August.There are lots of things you can do to stay safe in the sun, including wearing a high factor sunscreen, keeping a sun hat to hand and staying well hydrated.

On that note, enjoy it while it lasts, it looks as though next week will see a return to something altogether more unsettled and cooler with it!