UK basked in the sunniest April for 86 years

West Kirby Beach during the sunshine

The UK as a whole saw the number of hours of sunshine 43 per cent above normal, making it the sunniest April since records began in 1929.

212 hours of sunshine was recorded across the UK, seven hours more than the previous record, set in 1942.

According to the Met Office recordings, during April, Wirral was the place to be on Merseyside, as it had more sunshine than anywhere else in the region.

Wirral’s sunshine amount was 150 to 170% more than the normal average for April.

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Met Office map showing April’s sunniest locations

The highest temperature of the year so far was recorded in Faversham, Kent, which experienced temperatures of 25.6C and the Wirral recorded a top temp of 21C.

The Met Office said: “High pressure dominated the weather for much of April, bringing fine, dry, settled conditions, particularly across the southern half of the UK.”

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