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April is not always sunny in north Kent

PUBLISHED: 16:28 13 April 2011 | UPDATED: 16:34 13 April 2011

Raymond and Robert April 2008

Raymond and Robert April 2008

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»With sun worshippers heading straight to the park as temperatures soared we thought you may need cooling off with a reminder of our barmy weather the same time three years ago.

Gravesend hit a 22.9 high for the year going in to the weekend and residents took advantage of a scorching break from work and above average temperatures throughout this week.

But rewind to the first week of April in 2008 and the landscape looked very different as a freak snowstorm blanketed north Kent with the shock arrival of snow.

It echoed scenes in April 2006 when several centimetres fell in the county bringing down trees and causing signalling problems at train 
stations.

Sweltering

A Met Office spokesman said: “Temperatures are generally a good nine or 10 degrees Fahrenheit above the average for April.

“However, it’ll start to become much cooler from Monday onwards.”

April still has some way to go to set a record temperature — a sweltering 29.4C (85F) was posted in 1949 in Camden, north London.

Last month was Britain’s driest March since 1953, with just 1.5in (3.8cm) of rain.

Residents will be hoping the weather soars again as Kent is planning more street parties than any other county for the Royal Wedding on April 29.

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