Carpet of colourful flowers sends spirits soaring amid the gloom

It’s a blue heaven! Carpet of colourful flowers sends spirits soaring amid the gloom with a mini-heatwave the way as temperatures bounce back to 70F tomorrow

  • Lots of sun and rain last summer has helped bulbs soak up nutrition, say experts
  • They have come into bloom a fortnight early in areas from South Coast to Surrey 
  • Flowers such as clematis are also expected to benefit from settled conditions
  • Temperatures are also set to hit 70F tomorrow – hotter than Mediterranean cities

Britain was in full bloom yesterday as the recent sunny spell continued – and temperatures in the UK are now set to top those in Mediterranean cities later this week.

Weather experts predict temperatures could reach 70F in parts of the UK on Thursday. 

Parts of the South and North Wales are predicted to beat highs of 63F in Athens and 68F in Rome.

It comes after a boiling Easter Bank Holiday weekend, when temperatures peaked at 77.9F in St James’s Park, central London, on Saturday – the warmest day of the year so far. 

Yesterday, stunning pictures showed how carpets of flowers in Britain’s woodlands have come into bloom up to a fortnight early in areas from the South Coast to Surrey.

And bluebells are just beginning to flower in Derbyshire and Yorkshire, helping to lift the spirit of the nation in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown.

The fragrant carpets of flowers in Britain’s woodlands are providing a tranquil haven for many taking their daily permitted walk.

Experts say lots of sun and rain last summer helped the bulbs soak up plenty of nutrition.

Wood larks: Cockapoo Cookie in Peterborough. The bluebells should be in flower for two to three weeks, said Guy Barter, chief horticulturalist for the Royal Horticultural Society

Wood larks: Cockapoo Cookie in Peterborough. The bluebells should be in flower for two to three weeks, said Guy Barter, chief horticulturalist for the Royal Horticultural Society

Guy Barter, chief horticulturalist for the Royal Horticultural Society, said: ‘The bluebells are certainly putting on a good display.’

They should be in flower for two to three weeks, he said, adding that fruit trees are also producing wonderful blossom.

Other flowers expected to benefit from the settled conditions are meadow orchids, clematis and rhododendrons.

Around half of the world’s bluebells are found in the UK.

They are a protected species – it is illegal to pick, uproot or destroy them and walkers are urged to stick to paths rather than wander through the flowers.

Everly Fidler, four, in Surrey yesterday. Other flowers expected to benefit from the settled conditions are meadow orchids, clematis and rhododendrons

Everly Fidler, four, in Surrey yesterday. Other flowers expected to benefit from the settled conditions are meadow orchids, clematis and rhododendrons

The early-flowering comes as the good weather is set to continue.

Today and tomorrow are set to be mostly dry and sunny.

Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 64F-66F today inland, but only 57F-59F around coastal areas.

Porthmadog in Gwynedd is predicted to enjoy the warmest day tomorrow along with parts of the South. 

A Met Office spokesperson said of today: ‘Following a further cold and frosty start another sunny day follows for the majority.’

Tomorrow is set to be the warmest day of the week. The highest temperatures are likely to be in sheltered locations, with figures of 17-19C (63-66F) elsewhere.

Experts say the fine and settled weather is being caused by a dominant area of high pressure.

But a weak weather front is set to drift across the country into Friday, bringing showers – and pegging temperatures back.

Forecasters say Friday is likely to see highs of 63F in the South and 57F in the North.

However, next week will bring the return of fine weather.

The Met Office said: ‘The weather is due to remain mostly fine and dry on Saturday with many places seeing sunny spells once early mist patches clear.

‘It will be generally warm, but cooler in the breeze. Looking further ahead, settled conditions seem likely to continue for much of the country with some good spells of sunshine and dry weather.

‘Temperatures should be above average for most, but there is still the risk of the odd isolated frost in rural areas by night.’

The fine weather means pollen counts will be high today and tomorrow.

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