The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

London hotter than Ibiza

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PARTS OF Britain basked in weather warmer than mainland Spain and Ibiza as temperatur­es topped 20C yesterday.

London was the hottest part of the country, with temperatur­es reaching a maximum of 20.4C in St James’s Park at 1pm, according to the Met Office.

This made the capital hotter than Madrid (17C), the Balearic Islands (18C) and the French Riviera (17C), weather forecaster MeteoGroup said.

It meant plenty of time in the sun for some on the first day of British Summer Time.

The balmy weather for the south will remain for much of the week ahead, according to Met Office meteorolog­ist Eleanor Crompton.

“It will be warm but temperatur­es may be down a couple of degrees. We’ll see more cloud and hazy sunshine around, with temperatur­es in the late teens from Monday to Wednesday.”

Ms Crompton added: “There is a chance of some thundery showers coming up in western and central areas tonight, spreading to the north.”

The weather is being driven by hot air currently over the Low Countries, according to senior forecaster at MeteoGroup, Rachel Vince. Belgium and the Netherland­s hit the mid-20s yesterday.

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