East Sussex basks in Mediterranean temperatures

EAST SUSSEX is set to bask in Mediterranean temperatures this week as the mercury soars to 25C in Lewes today (Tuesday May 22).

According to the Met Office it will reach 25C on Wednesday and 26C on Thursday.

However by Friday the scorching temperatures look set to drop off, falling to 23C on Friday and 21C on Saturday.

The unseasonably warm weather means the county is experiencing temperatures hotter than parts of the Mediterranean.

Palermo in Sicily is averaging 18C with rain this week and from Wednesday it will be warmer in lovely Lewes than in Istanbul in Turkey, where it’s 23C on Wednesday and just 21C on Thursday.

It’s going to be hotter in Lewes than in Naples this week too, where today it’s just a measly 18C.

In fact temperatures in East Sussex will be in line with Athens and Barcelona.

The average temperature for this time of year is just 17C.

The hottest day in May on record was in 1944 in Horsham, where temperatures reached in eye watering 32.8C.