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UK sunniest spring recorded

UK sunniest spring recorded 1 June 2020

UK spring the sunniest since records began, says Met Office (via The Guardian)

The UK has recorded the sunniest spring since records began in 1929, the Met Office has said.

It is also set to be the driest May for 124 years, with official figures on rainfall to be published on Monday.

The Met Office recorded more than 573 hours of sunshine this spring so far between 1 March and 27 May, beating the previous record of 555.3 hours in 1948.

The sunny weather is set to continue until the end of the month, with temperatures forecast to reach highs of 25C in some parts of the UK this weekend.

With the public allowed to spend time outdoors for reasons other than exercise during the lockdown from 13 May, many have flocked to the beach and parks to bask in the sunshine.

This month has also seen little rainfall, with Northamptonshire – the driest county so far – recording only 1.5mm of rain during May.

As a result, many farmers have seen some cereal crops already suffering from the dry spell.

The National Farmers’ Union said: “Continued low rainfall and high temperatures into the summer will result in more widespread impacts for agriculture and the environment.

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