AS a heatwave struck the UK over the weekend, May 7, it was a different story on the Costa del Sol with the mercury plummeting and the rain setting in.
It’s not often that the British are basking in the balmy temperatures more commonly found on the Costa del Sol, but that was certainly the case over the scorching weekend where temperatures reached a blistering 27.1C as British bookies slashed odds that 2016 will be the hottest year on record. It was officially the hottest day of the year so far on Sunday May 8.
However, raincoats and umbrellas were required over the weekend in the Costa del Sol where gusty winds and frequent downpours drenched locals and visitors alike.
A Met Office forecaster Emma Boorman said over the weekend, regarding the UK temperatures: “It’s the warmest day of the year with St James’ Park in London recording 27.1C.
“There’s lots of lovely sunshine out there to enjoy.
“The United Kingdom has recorded the highest temperatures of the year.”
Whilst worries on the Costa del Sol are shared amongst the community with restaurant owners and frustrating tourists voicing their concerns, one tourist Peter Terry said: “We came over here for a bit of sun and look – totally drenched. We are just relaxing indoors, hoping that it passes soon.
The heatwave comes about a week after the UK was covered in a foot or so of snow.