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The UK Met Office has released figures showing that this month is set to be the warmest April since records began in England more than 300 years ago.
The data has been complied from observations that go into the Central England Temperature record.
This series, which dates back to 1659, is the world's longest running temperature series.
The provisional mean figure for April 2007 is 11.1C - that is 3.2C above the long-term average.

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†The UK has experienced its second warmest winter on record, with a mean temperature of 5.47C (41.8F), provisional Met Office figures show.
In southern England, the winter warmth set a new high, reaching 6.53C (43.8F), beating 6.49C (43.7F) in 1989-90.
All three winter months saw above average temperatures, and January also recorded its second highest UK-wide temperature, reaching 6.0C (43F).
The Met Office's UK national record series date back to 1914.
The warmest winter on record was in 1988-89, when the mean temperature was 5.82C (42.5F).

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This January is on course to be the second warmest the UK has seen since 1914 and the fifth warmest in central England for 350 years.
The average UK-wide temperature so far for the month - which experts say is unlikely to change - is 5.9C (43F).
The average Central England Temperature (CET), which has been measured since 1658, is 7.1C (45F).
The Met Office said temperatures had been pushed up by winds blowing warm air in from the west.

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Chandigarh in India recorded its warmest day on Monday in 13 years as the rising trend of temperatures continued in the region.
The maximum shot by nine degrees above normal range to settle at 29.8 degrees Celsius beating the previous warmest day which was recorded on January 26, 1994 when the mercury had risen to 27.8 Celsius.

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Last year was the warmest on record in Scotland, the Met Office has confirmed.
The forecasters said autumn 2006 was also the warmest recorded, at nearly 10C above the long-term average, and November and December were the wettest.
The Met Office predicted that 2007 would be the warmest year yet across the world.

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This rare cloud-free image of the UK was acquired during a heat wave on 18 July with the Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) sensor onboard ESAís Envisat satellite.


Credits: ESA - University of Leicester

According to weather experts, the absence of clouds, which have the potential to block the sunís heat energy from reaching the Earthís surface, contributed to the sweltering temperatures.

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Sensors in space have recorded the dramatic increases in land temperatures and air pollution as the UK sweltered in record-breaking July heat.



The images showed major cities like London, Birmingham and Liverpool experienced the highest levels of the air pollutant, nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
Elsewhere, Wisley, Surrey, recorded an unprecedented 36.5C (97.3F) on 19 July.

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As the UK bakes during this summerís heatwave, sensors in space have been recording dramatic increases in both UK land temperature and in air pollution, particularly in major cities. During a period of persistent stable summer weather from 15th and 19th July, temperatures rose to record highs for the U.K. and pollution due to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a respiratory inhibitor, appears to have risen considerably too; the Met Office reported that temperatures on July 19th reached a record maximum for July.

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Weather forecasters say the heatwave that has engulfed much of Britain is set to give way to severe storms.
The Met Office is warning of flash floods and high winds across much of southern and central England and south Wales on Wednesday.
Before the weather changes, many areas may register their highest temperatures of the year - with central London predicted to hit 32C by 15:00 BST.
Government health warnings over the heatwave are still in place.

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