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19 May 2014

Cornwall hotter than Athens, Barcelona and Rome

Temperatures soared in Cornwall this weekend, with blazing sunshine sending the mercury higher than it reached in some of the Mediterranean’s most famous destinations.

The capital cities of Greece and Italy, and the famous Mediterranean city of Barcelona were all cooler than Cornwall on Saturday and Sunday – great news for anyone on short breaks in Cornwall.  

For the first time this year thermometers recorded temperatures above 20 degrees centigrade in the county.

For thousands that was the signal to dig out the beach towel, dust off the swimsuit and head to the beach.

But what most of those people wouldn’t have known, is that the heat they were enjoying was greater than the temperature in many cities and beach holiday destinations around the Mediterranean.

With the sun shining businesses across the county reaped the benefits, with crowds flocking to all of Cornwall’s beaches, despite the fact there was little surf this weekend, quelling the excitement for many of the county’s surfers.

One group of people not so happy about the hot weather was Cornwall’s rugby players.

In baking temperatures the county side took on Gloucestershire at Camborne in the County Championship. Despite the heat, which made the game harder work than usual, they managed a narrow victory and remain on course for a Twickenham final for a second year running. 

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