Hottest April day in UK since 1949

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Temperatures have soared to 29C in parts of London, which makes it the warmest April day for almost 70 years.

The particular unusually warm weather across the UK may be the result of low pressure over the Ocean and high pressure over western European countries drawing in warm air.

Thursday’s high of 29. 1C was written at St James’s Park within central London during the afternoon, which makes it the hottest UK day in 04 since 1949.

The regular maximum temperature for the UK within April is 11. 9C.

The highest recorded heat for this month was 29. 4C back in 1949 in London.

Pollen levels are high all through much of the UK, with BBC Climate warning it could be “uncomfortable” for hayfever sufferers.

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Athletes in Sunday’s London Marathon have been cautioned to expect hot weather , with recommendations it could be the hottest race on report.

Event director Hugh Brasher said contingency plans had been already in place which included providing additional water supplies along the route for consuming and for competitors to douse on their own with.

The heat triggered the cancellation of a horse competition at Cheltenham but those more than shorter distances went ahead.

The high temperatures come on exactly the same day as Debenhams blamed freezing weather conditions in late February for a fall in product sales and profits.

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Image caption These males soaked up the rays at Richmond riverside in south-west London
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