Heatwave brings jellyfish invasion to British shores

The swarm of jellyfish were spotted off the coast of Cornwall by a fisherman
Warmer conditions bring jellyfish to UK coasts, with temperatures set to soar further

The swarm of jellyfish were spotted off the coast of Cornwall by a fisherman.

A mile-long jellyfish invasion has hit UK shores due to the warmer weather as temperatures are set to soar again next week bringing a two-day heatwave.

It comes as April has experienced temperatures which are almost double the average for the time of year.

Forecaster Emma Sillitoe said: "The temperatures are usually 13C to 14C at this time of year but on Tuesday we will see them rising to up to 21C in London and Southampton. On Wednesday they will remain high but but drop to 20C."

The huge Barrel Jellyfish, which can have tentacles of up to six feet long have been spotted off the south east coast, much earlier than they are normally seen in British waters.

They have been growing in numbers in recent years because of mild winters which have allowed plankton, which they feed on, to thrive.

The warm weather has also resulted in toxic algae in the Norfolk Broads rising by unprecedented levels for the time of year.

It led the Environment Agency to launch a rescue mission to relocate 500,000 fish to stop them suffocating.

The UK has also just enjoyed the sunniest winter since records began.

The previous record was in 2001, when there were 189 hours of sunshine. That mark was beaten this winter with the total hours of sunshine reaching 196 hours.


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