So Hot in Soho ... London Basks in Sunshine

The Evening Standard (London, England), May 4, 2006 | Go to article overview

So Hot in Soho ... London Basks in Sunshine


Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

SUNBATHERS were out in force in London today with temperatures soaring close to 26C.

But spare a thought for those Britons who, fed up with months of cold and damp, have flocked to Spain. It poured with rain on the Costa del Sol.

Ironically, Britain's miniheatwave has been caused by a phenomenon forecasters call the "Spanish plume" - a column of very warm air arriving across the Channel from Spain and France.

By late morning, thermometers in southern England had reached 24C (75F) and rising, making London hotter than the south of France, the Greek islands, Spain and even north Africa.

British Gas warned that homeowners caught off guard who have forgotten to switch off their central heating could be wasting more than [pounds sterling]20million a day.

The hottest day of the year so far saw children dabbling their toes in Hyde Park's Diana Memorial Fountain and sunbathers flocking to Primrose Hill.

Barely a patch of grass was visible in Soho Square as people picnicked, chatted and basked in the warmth. …

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