Hot Surrey has UK's highest temperature
SURREY day-trippers basked in glorious sunshine as the UK's highest temperature peaked in the county yesterday.
The mercury rose to 27.4c (81f) by mid-afternoon in Wisley, Surrey, on Sunday (May 27), hotter than parts of southern Europe and Africa.
Scores of people came out to enjoy the heatwave, with pubs and tourist attractions benefitting from the hot weather.
Clive Russel, manager of The Anchor pub at Pyrford Lock, Wisley, said: "We've been packed out, the garden was full all day until the sun went down.There were lots of boats on the river and we had a full garden."
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He added: "It's been like it everyday last week since Tuesday. In fact, Sunday didn't seem as warm as Thursday to us. I thought Thursday was warmer."
The rising temperature also brought a bumper crowd to RHS Garden Wisley to enjoy the blooming floral displays.
RHS Wisley curator Colin Crosbie said: "RHS Garden Wisley welcomed glorious sunshine with temperatures peaking at 27.39 degrees yesterday.
"This great spell of warm sunny weather, combined with good moisture in the soil from April and early May, are the perfect conditions for encouraging plant growth in our herbaceous borders and rose gardens.
"These conditions are also ideal for the planting of our red, white and blue bedding displays in time to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee."
Forecasters say the weather will remain warm through to Wednesday, but will turn cooler for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday.