Glorious sunshine and soaring temperatures today in Gloucester will rival those usually reserved at this time of year for holiday hotspots like Ibiza and Tenerife.
The mercury could peak at 23C (73F) today, trumping the warmest day of the year so far in 2014. It is likely to reach just 21C (70C) in the Spanish Balearics, cooler than many parts of the county with supermarkets expected to sell enough sausages to stretch around the M25 FIVE times, as barbecue Britain gears up for mini-heatwave.
Families have been making the most of the fine weather, getting out into The Venture at White City, a children’s activity centre.
Ian Thomas, The Citizen’s weather expert said Gloucester can prepare for a bright weekend.
“We had the highest temperature of the year on Thursday when we reached 21.1C (70F) but that looks set to be beaten today,” he said.
“It should reach 23C (73F) in some parts of the county. It won't be wall to wall sunshine but it will certainly feel like a pleasant summer’s day for many. It will stay cool and dry tonight, temperatures will be at around 7-9C (44-48F). Sunday is also shaping up to be another fine day, but more cloud will bubble up later in the afternoon. It will stay warm at around 21C (70F), but a cool breeze will strengthen into the afternoon from the south west that will signal a change in weather patterns for the county into next week. It will feel cooler, and will be cloudier with more risk of a shower as a weather front and low pressure pushes in from the west.”