Bournemouth warmer than Istanbul and Athens on sunniest day of the year so far

Bournemouth warmer than Istanbul and Athens on sunniest day of the year so far

Bea Baylis, of Frome, enjoying the sunshine in Swanage

Lily Everitt skims stones at the beach in Bournemouth

First published in News

BOURNEMOUTH was warmer than parts of Turkey and Greece today as blue skies and warm temperatures finally returned.

The sunshine cheered Dorset residents sick of rain at the weekend, as temperatures soared to 15 degrees – higher than 10 degrees in Athens and 12 in Istanbul.

Traffic was slow through Sandford as thousands headed for the seaside at Swanage on the last day of the town’s blues festival, while even more took in the rays on Bournemouth’s beaches.

The town was the joint-hottest place in the UK on Friday, together with Northampton and Kew Gardens, with the mercury hitting a balmy 16 degrees.

And locals have been making the most of the unseasonal warmth.

Pat Waters, of Broadstone, took her two grandchildren to the beach for the first time this year.

She said: “Parking was particularly difficult today but it’s been beautiful and the children have loved it.”

Will Everitt, 32, had travelled down from his home in Salisbury with children Lily, nine, pictured inset right skimming stones on the beach, plus Anwen, six, and Poppy, three.

He said: “We drove past quite a few flooded areas to get here.

“But with the sun shining the way it has been today you quickly forget about all the wet weather we’ve had recently.”

Tim Blower, 34, travelled from Basingstoke with 21-month-old daughter Darcie for the day.

He said: “I didn't expect it to be as sunny as it is – and I certainly didn’t expect to see people sunbathing!”

But there’s more to come this week, with wall-to-wall sunshine anticipated by forecasters.

Tomorrow, anyone lucky enough to have the day off work will be able to make the most of 14 degree heat.

It’s welcome news for residents who have suffered through one of the wettest Februarys in more than 100 years.

Bournemouth Metrological Registrar Charles Thomas said the contrast of wetter than average conditions, combined with unusually sunny intervals, were greater than in any previous winter month. since January 1906.

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6:21pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Richard 1976 says...

Had a great day in the garden.. Plenty done despite my two boys taking far too much interest in my wheelbarrow full of 'gobbo' .. I'll clear up when they've gone to bed!
Had a great day in the garden.. Plenty done despite my two boys taking far too much interest in my wheelbarrow full of 'gobbo' .. I'll clear up when they've gone to bed! Richard 1976
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12:02am Mon 10 Mar 14

billd766 says...

In Thailand at 6 am Saturday morning it was 19 and by mid afternoon it was 37. The downside is that we have only had 20 mm of rain over 4 days since the beginning of November. The next heavy rain isn't due until April or May and the government water supply stopped a month ago. The local council deliver water to peoples storage tanks using the fire engine.
In Thailand at 6 am Saturday morning it was 19 and by mid afternoon it was 37. The downside is that we have only had 20 mm of rain over 4 days since the beginning of November. The next heavy rain isn't due until April or May and the government water supply stopped a month ago. The local council deliver water to peoples storage tanks using the fire engine. billd766
  • Score: 0

2:46am Mon 10 Mar 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

billd766 wrote:
In Thailand at 6 am Saturday morning it was 19 and by mid afternoon it was 37. The downside is that we have only had 20 mm of rain over 4 days since the beginning of November. The next heavy rain isn't due until April or May and the government water supply stopped a month ago. The local council deliver water to peoples storage tanks using the fire engine.
Not to do a 'my nob is bigger than yours', but we haven't had a drop since the end of October!

Good to see the UK is finally drying up. Next week there will be sprinkler bans. Time for the UK to be educated about water consumption.
[quote][p][bold]billd766[/bold] wrote: In Thailand at 6 am Saturday morning it was 19 and by mid afternoon it was 37. The downside is that we have only had 20 mm of rain over 4 days since the beginning of November. The next heavy rain isn't due until April or May and the government water supply stopped a month ago. The local council deliver water to peoples storage tanks using the fire engine.[/p][/quote]Not to do a 'my nob is bigger than yours', but we haven't had a drop since the end of October! Good to see the UK is finally drying up. Next week there will be sprinkler bans. Time for the UK to be educated about water consumption. Chris@Bmouth
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10:40am Mon 10 Mar 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Lily Everitt skims stones at the beach in Bournemouth

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STOP THAT NOW LILY, you'll have someones eye out you plank.
Lily Everitt skims stones at the beach in Bournemouth ------------- STOP THAT NOW LILY, you'll have someones eye out you plank. Sir Beachy Head
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