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Lincolnshire hotter than Ibiza, LA and Majorca on record day

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 03, 2011

  • DRINKING IN THE SUN: People enjoy a drink outside the Royal William pub.

  • CATCH THE SUN: Stanley Sommerford, left, and Jude Cadd enjoy a sun-drenched game of frisbee. Pictures: John Jenkins

  • SINCIL SIZZLER: Lincoln City fans in the Lincolnshire Echo Stand shield their eyes from the sun.

  • WATER SCORCHER: Lincoln City's Gavin McCallum takes a drink during the Imps' victory over Bath. Pictures: Chris Vaughan

  • COOLING DOWN: From left, Mary and John Grayson and Caroline Banks.

  • GRIN SHADY: Sharon Woolner with her children Thomas, 7 and Eleanor, 4, play cards in the shade at Lincoln Castle.

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WEATHER records have been smashed as Lincolnshire basks in its hottest-ever October.

Temperatures on Friday and Saturday reached as high as 28C for much of the county, topping those in Ibiza, Majorca and even Los Angeles.

RAF Cranwell reported glorious highs of 28.6C on Saturday, breaking the previous record of 28.4C set in 1985.

And yesterday, the mercury remained around the upper-to-mid-20s on the thermometer, which is around 14C higher than the usual average for this time of year.

With Lincolnshire seemingly in the grips of this Indian Summer, yellowbellies spent the weekend digging out their swim shorts and sunglasses before flocking to the coast.

According to Hotels.com, Skegness received a 111 per cent increase in hotel searches compared with the same time last year for those wanting to make the most of their weekend in the sun.

The resort proved to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country this weekend, beating off the likes of Bournemouth, Southsea and Great Yarmouth.

Jule Holmes, 47, of Lincoln's West Parade, was one of the thousands of people who headed to the coast at the weekend.

She said: "It's not often we get such hot weather and sunshine, especially at this time of year.

"I had the kids jumping on the bed on Saturday morning desperate to get to the beach and swim in the sea."

However, today may well be Lincolnshire's last day of hot and sunny weather this year, with temperatures expected to drop throughout the rest of the week. Jonathan Powell, senior weather forecaster at Positive Weather Solutions, said: "Lincolnshire should hold on to the fine weather for one more day. Today should be dry with sunny spells appearing around lunchtime and the afternoon with high temperatures of about 24C.

"Tomorrow is essentially going to be a dry day as well but it will also be the start of a transitional phase where the temperatures drop down to what's more in keeping with this time of the year, settling between 15C and 17C.

"Wednesday will stay dry as well with temperatures reaching 17C at best, with the winds steadily increasing Thursday and Friday. Towards the end of the week we'll also see more in the way of showers as the thermometer drops further down to around 13C and 14C."

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