UK weather forecasters had an easier job for much of May thanks to an area of high pressure, which brought consistent sunshine to the country. With the pressure came a spike in temperature, as meteorologists noted monthly highs of 28C, the hottest of the year so far.
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Meteorologists declared spring 2020 the sunniest on record, with hundreds of hours of sunshine throughout May.
They documented more than 573 hours of sunshine between March 1 and May 27 alone, the most since records began in 1929.
The previous record was set in 1948 when the same period saw 555.3 hours of sunshine.
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Summer 2020 officially begins on June 1 by meteorological standards and will last for another three months until August 31.
With this year’s record already established, the country could be looking at even warmer temperatures this season.
The first week of June will see a continuance of last month’s sunshine in the south, while showers sweep over the north.
Met Office long-range weather forecasts suggest “longer drier, brighter spells” will develop mid-month.
Long-range predictions for June 15 to 29 state the period will be “drier than average” with high temperatures.
The forecast reads: “From the middle of June, there should be a return to more settled conditions with longer drier and brighter spells.
“This period should be generally drier than average, though there is still the possibility of some more changeable spells, these becoming more focused across northwestern areas later in the month.
“Temperatures are more likely to be above average in the south, but nearer normal further north.”
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Nicola Maxey of the Met Office told Express.co.uk June would be “drier than average” with some “changeable spells” on the horizon.
She added temperatures would remain above average mainly in the south.
While indications of a record hot month have not yet emerged, bookmakers have already released odds of the possibility.
Ladbrokes recently announced it had pinned odds of 7/4 June 2020 will take pole position as the hottest ever.
They also revealed further 4/6 odds the month would beat last month’s temperatures.
The bookmakers have made it odds on the country will experience highs of 30C in June.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “June’s joyful start is a good sign of things to come, and the odds have been slashed accordingly that the month is officially a scorcher.”
Much of the country will have to spend summer 2020 under the rules of a “new normal” as it adjusts to coronavirus measures this year.
The Government has now allowed people to partake in “unlimited” exercise and gather in socially distanced groups while COVID-19 cases remain high.
While people have flocked to beaches and parks, local councils have urged people to keep away from beauty spots as it would make distancing hard to enforce.
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