80 Degrees and Phew, What a Scorer ; FEELING HOT HOT HOT: THE END OF A PERFECT DAY FOR MATCH-WINNING GOLDEN BOY
Mendick, Robert, The Independent (London, England)
BRITONS BASKED in sizzling sunshine but nobody was hotter than Michael Owen, the footballing Wunderkind whose two late goals gave Liverpool an improbable victory in the FA Cup Final yesterday.
His remarkable feat in almost single-handedly defeating Arsenal was the stuff boyhood dreams are made of. And to think that Owen, aged 21, is barely a man.
The victory left Arsenal distraught and Liverpool still on course to win three trophies this season. The glory was not all Owen's. The beleaguered tourism industry had a good day, too.
After three months of foot and mouth disease and non-stop rain, the sun finally shone on Britain. And how.
With temperatures pushing 27C (80F), this weekend will go down in history as the hottest of the century - so far.
It must have been a special day - it didn't even rain in Wales where the FA Cup Final was being staged, played away from Wembley for the first time since 1922.
Cardiff was not the only hotspot. Bournemouth, Bristol and Southampton also had record temperatures. According to forecasters at the Met Office, they were the warmest places to be yesterday - leaving places like the Algarve and Crete in the shade. "Most of the country is fine, dry and sunny," said a forecaster thankful not to be preaching doom and gloom.
He said the sudden leap in temperatures was something unusual - normally hot spells come with a build up and a bit of warning. The sudden shift produced something …
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Publication information: Article title: 80 Degrees and Phew, What a Scorer ; FEELING HOT HOT HOT: THE END OF A PERFECT DAY FOR MATCH-WINNING GOLDEN BOY. Contributors: Mendick, Robert - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: May 13, 2001. Page number: 1. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.