Hottest UK October day ever

              Today was the hottest October day ever recorded with temperatures reaching  29.9C (85.8F) at 14:42 BST in Gravesend, Kent, beating the previous record of 29.4C (84.9F) recorded on 1 October 1985, in March, Cambridgeshire.

The UK and the rest of Europe has been basking in unseasonly high temperatures for almost a week now with clear blue skies and a distinct lack of cloud usually associated with this time of year.

These unseasonal temperatures are confusing many plants which are are flowering again, as they believe that spring has arrived .The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said strawberries and rhododendrons were among the plants seen blooming at its flagship garden in Surrey when they were not expected to flower again until next spring.

RHS chief horticultural adviser Guy Barter said the warm weather was causing a lot of late flowering. At RHS Garden Wisley, rhododendrons, azaleas and spring flowering magnolias were blooming again. There were also signs of flowering fruit such as strawberries, apples and summer flowering raspberries.

Mr Barter confirmed that the UK growing season was getting longer because of climate change.He added: “As a result, plant growth happens over an extended period which can see some types bloom again.

“After a long and good growing season plants are flush with resources and use these for a second flowering to produce a second crop of seeds.”

Mr Barter said this late summer warmth and light offers plants a chance to get ready for winter, with wood and buds ripening fully and becoming more resistant to cold damage.The cooler, wet conditions of the summer had led to diseases such as downy mildews and potato blight, but these have largely dried up due to the higher temperatures and dry air.

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