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Britons flocked to beaches today to make the most of the beautiful spring weather as temperatures topped 20C (68F) for the second day in a row – with the warm and sunny conditions set to continue for the rest of the week.

The UK is enjoying a week of sunshine in a glorious start to the season with parts of South East England warmer than the likes of Marrakesh, Cairo, Ibiza, Athens and Madrid today as people enjoy an early taste of summer.

The highest UK temperature recorded by lunchtime today was 20C (68F) at Northolt in West London – one day after Britain’s warmest day of the year so far when Porthmadog in North Wales got up to 20.7C (69.3F). 

The hottest place in England yesterday was again Northolt, which recorded 20.5C (68.9F) – and that comes after spring officially started in style on Sunday when temperatures hit 20.2C (68F) at Kinlochewe in Scotland.

Temperatures this week are expected to be in the mid to high teens centigrade almost everywhere in the country, with the South East continuing to enjoy the best of the weather amid plenty of sunshine.

Britons have also been visiting gardens and parks across the country this week as they sprung into life with bright yellow daffodils blooming to kick start the season. The Met Office expects the settled conditions brought about by a high pressure system pulling up warm air from the South to remain for the rest of the month.

Daytime temperatures are forecast to be above average in most areas, although they will drop later next week.

The Met Office states a trend of showery and colder conditions is expected to take place from the north from Monday of next week. 

The Met stated: ‘Showers will likely be focused on northern and eastern areas, potentially wintry over northern hills and at lower levels in the far northeast. A good deal of dry weather persisting in the south and west’

A group of people enjoy the warm weather as they splash in the sea on Tynemouth Beach in Tyne and Wear this morning

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People enjoy the sun at King Edward's Bay near Tynemouth in the North East this morning as the UK enjoys warm weather

People enjoy the sun at King Edward's Bay near Tynemouth in the North East this morning as the UK enjoys warm weather

People enjoy the sun at King Edward’s Bay near Tynemouth in the North East this morning as the UK enjoys warm weather

Beachgoers enjoy the warm sunny weather as temperatures soar on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside today

Beachgoers enjoy the warm sunny weather as temperatures soar on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside today

Beachgoers enjoy the warm sunny weather as temperatures soar on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside today

People enjoy their lunch breaks at Victoria Tower Gardens in London in the sunshine this afternoon

People enjoy their lunch breaks at Victoria Tower Gardens in London in the sunshine this afternoon

People enjoy their lunch breaks at Victoria Tower Gardens in London in the sunshine this afternoon

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

Beachgoers enjoy the warm sunny weather as temperatures soar on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside today

Beachgoers enjoy the warm sunny weather as temperatures soar on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside today

Beachgoers enjoy the warm sunny weather as temperatures soar on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside today

A steam train passes by beach huts on Goodrington in Devon this afternoon as people enjoy the sunshine

A steam train passes by beach huts on Goodrington in Devon this afternoon as people enjoy the sunshine

A steam train passes by beach huts on Goodrington in Devon this afternoon as people enjoy the sunshine

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

People enjoy their lunch breaks at Victoria Tower Gardens in London in the sunshine this afternoon

People enjoy their lunch breaks at Victoria Tower Gardens in London in the sunshine this afternoon

People enjoy their lunch breaks at Victoria Tower Gardens in London in the sunshine this afternoon

A group of people enjoy the warm weather as they splash in the sea on Tynemouth Beach in Tyne and Wear this morning

A group of people enjoy the warm weather as they splash in the sea on Tynemouth Beach in Tyne and Wear this morning

A group of people enjoy the warm weather as they splash in the sea on Tynemouth Beach in Tyne and Wear this morning

People enjoy the sun at King Edward's Bay near Tynemouth in the North East this morning as the UK enjoys warm weather

People enjoy the sun at King Edward's Bay near Tynemouth in the North East this morning as the UK enjoys warm weather

People enjoy the sun at King Edward’s Bay near Tynemouth in the North East this morning as the UK enjoys warm weather

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

People enjoy their lunch breaks at Victoria Tower Gardens in London in the sunshine this afternoon

People enjoy their lunch breaks at Victoria Tower Gardens in London in the sunshine this afternoon

People enjoy their lunch breaks at Victoria Tower Gardens in London in the sunshine this afternoon

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Visitors on the beach basking in the spring sunshine with clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

A person surfs a wave in the sea as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

A person surfs a wave in the sea as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

A person surfs a wave in the sea as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

People out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge this afternoon as the unseasonal warm weather continues

People out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge this afternoon as the unseasonal warm weather continues

People out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge this afternoon as the unseasonal warm weather continues

People enjoy the warm weather on Tynemouth Beach in Tyne and Wear this morning as they go for a stroll

People enjoy the warm weather on Tynemouth Beach in Tyne and Wear this morning as they go for a stroll

People enjoy the warm weather on Tynemouth Beach in Tyne and Wear this morning as they go for a stroll

Beachgoers enjoy the warm weather as temperatures soar on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside today

Beachgoers enjoy the warm weather as temperatures soar on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside today

Beachgoers enjoy the warm weather as temperatures soar on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside today

A group of people enjoy the warm weather as they splash in the sea on Tynemouth Beach in Tyne and Wear this morning

A group of people enjoy the warm weather as they splash in the sea on Tynemouth Beach in Tyne and Wear this morning

A group of people enjoy the warm weather as they splash in the sea on Tynemouth Beach in Tyne and Wear this morning

Two women shelter from the sun while sitting at St James's Park in London this afternoon

Two women shelter from the sun while sitting at St James's Park in London this afternoon

Two women shelter from the sun while sitting at St James’s Park in London this afternoon

People enjoy a walk in the sunshine along Paignton seafront in Devon this afternoon

People enjoy a walk in the sunshine along Paignton seafront in Devon this afternoon

People enjoy a walk in the sunshine along Paignton seafront in Devon this afternoon

People walk past beach huts as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

People walk past beach huts as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

People walk past beach huts as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Levi, three, builds a sandcastle on Paignton beach in Devon this afternoon

Levi, three, builds a sandcastle on Paignton beach in Devon this afternoon

Levi, three, builds a sandcastle on Paignton beach in Devon this afternoon

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

A person surfs a wave in the sea as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

A person surfs a wave in the sea as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

A person surfs a wave in the sea as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

People enjoy the sun as they walk on the wet sand at King Edward's Bay near Tynemouth in the North East this morning

People enjoy the sun as they walk on the wet sand at King Edward's Bay near Tynemouth in the North East this morning

People enjoy the sun as they walk on the wet sand at King Edward’s Bay near Tynemouth in the North East this morning

People walk and cycle past beach huts as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

People walk and cycle past beach huts as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

People walk and cycle past beach huts as they enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Deckchairs are piled up on the sea front as people enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Deckchairs are piled up on the sea front as people enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Deckchairs are piled up on the sea front as people enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: ‘There will be more spring sunshine to come during the rest of the week.

‘High pressure close to the east then becomes increasingly centred over the UK from Wednesday into Thursday and Friday.

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far - and this map shows the warmest temperatures in each part of Britain

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far - and this map shows the warmest temperatures in each part of Britain

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far – and this map shows the warmest temperatures in each part of Britain

‘That high pressure isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable. For the next seven days at least it’s going to bring plenty of warm sunshine.’

The clear skies mean night time temperatures will drop down to single figures centigrade and lows could even be around freezing in some rural areas.

But the temperatures are some way off the highest UK March temperature, which was 25.6C (78.1F) recorded in Cambridgeshire on March 29, 1968.

And it’s not all good news. Becky Mitchell, from the Met Office, said air quality ‘is looking quite low’, especially in northern and eastern areas.

‘High levels of air pollution (are) expected in the next few days,’ she said. ‘That’s because we’ve got light south-easterly winds and that’s just dragging in pollutants from the continent.

‘And I think because we’ve got very settled weather and it’s not particularly windy, it just means pollution levels can build up over a long period of time.’ 

While some people will welcome the warmer weather, for others the unusual temperatures will wreak havoc with their hay fever symptoms. Experts say rising temperatures may cause tree pollen levels to spike across the UK. 

People sunbathing at Greenwich Park in South East London this afternoon as they enjoy the warm spring weather

People sunbathing at Greenwich Park in South East London this afternoon as they enjoy the warm spring weather

People sunbathing at Greenwich Park in South East London this afternoon as they enjoy the warm spring weather

Retired couple Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

Retired couple Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

Retired couple Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

People enjoy the warm weather in Bath today as the warm spell is set to continue for the rest of the week

People enjoy the warm weather in Bath today as the warm spell is set to continue for the rest of the week

People enjoy the warm weather in Bath today as the warm spell is set to continue for the rest of the week

People sunbathing at Greenwich Park in South East London this afternoon as they enjoy the warm spring weather

People sunbathing at Greenwich Park in South East London this afternoon as they enjoy the warm spring weather

People sunbathing at Greenwich Park in South East London this afternoon as they enjoy the warm spring weather

Horse riders go out on a warm spring morning on Wimbledon Common in South West London today

Horse riders go out on a warm spring morning on Wimbledon Common in South West London today

Horse riders go out on a warm spring morning on Wimbledon Common in South West London today

People sunbathing at Greenwich Park in South East London this afternoon as they enjoy the warm spring weather

People sunbathing at Greenwich Park in South East London this afternoon as they enjoy the warm spring weather

People sunbathing at Greenwich Park in South East London this afternoon as they enjoy the warm spring weather

Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

People enjoy the warm weather in Bath today as the warm spell is set to continue for the rest of the week

People enjoy the warm weather in Bath today as the warm spell is set to continue for the rest of the week

People enjoy the warm weather in Bath today as the warm spell is set to continue for the rest of the week

Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

Horse riders go out on a warm spring morning on Wimbledon Common in South West London today

Horse riders go out on a warm spring morning on Wimbledon Common in South West London today

Horse riders go out on a warm spring morning on Wimbledon Common in South West London today

Daffodils at St James's Park in London this morning as temperatures remain unseasonably warm for the time of year

Daffodils at St James's Park in London this morning as temperatures remain unseasonably warm for the time of year

Daffodils at St James’s Park in London this morning as temperatures remain unseasonably warm for the time of year

Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

Tony and Marie Newton in their Four Seasons garden this morning as spring begins at their home in Walsall

Corfe Castle in Dorset at sunrise this morning at the start of another day of warm weather for many parts of England

Corfe Castle in Dorset at sunrise this morning at the start of another day of warm weather for many parts of England

Corfe Castle in Dorset at sunrise this morning at the start of another day of warm weather for many parts of England

According to the Met Office, the first week of spring will see dry, sunny weather and daytime temperatures in the mid to late teens for the coming week.

It is thought climate change may be leading to an extension of the grass and tree pollen season, with it starting earlier.

And people who suffer from hay fever believe pollution (64 per cent), rising temperatures (52 per cent) and extreme weather conditions (38 per cent) are the biggest environmental factors impacting their allergies.

The new research from Kleenex surveyed 2,000 people in the UK with hay fever and found that over the past 12 months many have experienced their symptoms getting worse.

This includes sneezing (72 per cent), itchy eyes (64 per cent) and a runny nose (48 per cent).

One third of those polled admitted to staying indoors because their allergies are too severe, while 12 per cent said they have called in sick to work.

The survey found that on average, increased symptoms for allergy sufferers resulted in a loss of two hours’ sleep a night, and 33 per cent of those surveyed said they avoid local parks and green spaces.

A quarter (25 per cent) wrongly self-diagnosed their hay fever symptoms for Covid-19.

The sun rises behind the London Eye in the capital this morning as a jogger goes out for a run

The sun rises behind the London Eye in the capital this morning as a jogger goes out for a run

The sun rises behind the London Eye in the capital this morning as a jogger goes out for a run

The sun rises over wild swimmers at Silver Sands beach at Aberdour in Fife this morning

The sun rises over wild swimmers at Silver Sands beach at Aberdour in Fife this morning

The sun rises over wild swimmers at Silver Sands beach at Aberdour in Fife this morning

The sun rises behind the London Eye today at the start of another unseasonably warm day in the South East

The sun rises behind the London Eye today at the start of another unseasonably warm day in the South East

The sun rises behind the London Eye today at the start of another unseasonably warm day in the South East

The sun rises over wild swimmers at Silver Sands beach at Aberdour in Fife this morning

The sun rises over wild swimmers at Silver Sands beach at Aberdour in Fife this morning

The sun rises over wild swimmers at Silver Sands beach at Aberdour in Fife this morning

According to the research, more than half (58 per cent) of allergy sufferers did not know what pollen they were allergic to, and only a fifth (20 per cent) recognised their symptoms for what they are.

Amena Warner, head of clinical services at the charity Allergy UK, said: ‘Living with allergies and maintaining a quality of life is not always easy. Enjoying everyday activities can become a real struggle.

‘With the realities that warmer weather brings, it is crucial that allergy sufferers be given the advice, support and tools to manage their symptoms whilst staying active and healthy.’

Kleenex has developed new technology enhancing its pollen forecast, and users can now check the forecast at home and work locations up to five days in advance.

People can also take a quiz to get a better idea of whether it is grass, tree, or weed pollen that affects them, giving a better understanding of their allergy so they can prepare for the season ahead.

Today, tree pollen levels are expected to be high across Coventry, Newcastle, Leicester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool. They are forecast to be moderate in London and Belfast.

Jin Zhang, global medical director at Kimberly-Clark UK, said: ‘When temperatures rise, primary sources of pollutants tend to increase, making the air quality even more challenging for millions of hay fever sufferers.

‘As such, global warming will likely cause pollen seasons to start earlier and last longer.’

The survey was conducted online by Mortar Research in March 2022 according to Market Research Society guidelines. 

Source: Daily Mail

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