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Question marks raised over heatwave claims

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

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SCEPTICAL forecasters have raised questions marks over reports Burton and South Derbyshire will experience a sizzling summer.

Met Office experts said it is ‘too early’ to predict a record-breaking summer heatwave after German academics claimed unusually high temperatures will be recorded on British shores this year.

The clear skies and a Mediterranean climate which Burton and South Derbyshire basked in earlier this month also look like they have departed for now at least as forecasters predicted more unsettled weather over the coming days.

A spokesman from the Met Office said: “It’s far too early to start talking about summer, we are sill in spring.

“As far as I’m aware these reports have come from Germany which have looked at global climate conditions and made some predictions - but how accurate they are is not for me to say.

“We do a detailed five-day forecast and we can look at the UK as a whole of a 30-day period, but anything over that we would not comment on.”

The mercury level on thermometers in Burton and South Derbyshire hit 18C earlier this month as the first signs of spring appeared.

But people have been warned not to get their barbecues out just yet as falling temperatures and wind gusts of up to 45mph look like they hit the region before the weekend.

The Met Office spokesman predicted cloudy skies and the odd shower today, while wind gusts of 35mph could arrive tomorrow.

These could increase to 45mph on Thursday while some heavy showers could fall in the afternoon.

It could dry up by Friday but the temperature is predicted to fall to 8C - below the monthly average of 9C.

The spokesman said: “It’s going to stay unsettled into the weekend and week.

“There is a cold front which is moving down from the north which will be bringing the colder weather plus some showers.”

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