Get ready for the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures in the South are set to hit 22C


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Get ready for the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures are set to hit 22C (but make the most of it because the weekend will be cold) A '30 to 40% chance' it will be the hottest day of the year, say forecastersTemperatures peaked at 21.3C in East Malling, Kent, yesterdayNorth-south divide with temperatures as low as 10C expected in ScotlandIt will fall to 12C in London on Friday as a cold weather front moves across the country By Rob Cooper PUBLISHED: 08:00 GMT, 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:00 GMT, 24 April 2013 Britain could bask in the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures set to break through the 22C barrier today, forecasters said.

Severe blaze at Birmingham"s Smurfit Kappa paper mill being tackled by 100 firefighters


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Severe paper mill blaze across seven-acre cardboard storage will keep burning for days Blaze at Smurfit Kappa plant on seven-acre site in Nechells, BirminghamFire is in area containing cardboard boxes at recycled packaging mill Ten thousands tons of cardboard has been burning through the night Nobody thought to be trapped inside but fire was still burning at 2:30am By Mark Duell, Steve Nolan and James Rush PUBLISHED: 01:44 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:56 GMT, 18 April 2013 Tens of thousands of tons of cardboard is expected to keep burning for days after a fire at a recycling plant. More than 70 firefighters are tackling the blaze over a seven-acre area at the Smurfit Kappa paper mill in the Nechells area of Birmingham. West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service said the fire had started just after 10pm last night

Fort William fire: Huge grassland blaze brought under control before it reaches Scottish town


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Huge grassland fire brought under control before it reaches Scottish town after burning through the night Dozens of firefighters battled blaze near Fort William in Scottish Highlands Hundreds of acres of heath, grass and trees have burned in dry conditions Cause unknown but farmers are currently allowed to set moorland on fireLocal Lib Dem MP Charles Kennedy praises efforts of emergency services By Becky Evans and Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 22:38 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 3 April 2013 The night sky lit by flames from fire ravaging a forest, this scene could have been captured in some far-off sunny clime. In fact it’s Scotland. While Britain has shivered in the coldest March for more than 50 years, the Highlands has been hit by unseasonably dry weather which has left the region prone to wildfires.

Smartphone app that claims to beat stress and can monitor the user"s emotional state


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Smartphone app that claims to beat stress and can monitor the user's emotional stateIt works out size of nearby crowds to detect potentially stressful situationsUser’s emotional state is then monitored through their use of language PUBLISHED: 02:50 GMT, 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:50 GMT, 26 March 2013 The app works out the size of nearby crowds to detect situations where a user might get stressed Smartphone users will be able to lead a happier life thanks to a new app designed to beat stress. The Android Remote Sensing app (AIRS), developed at Cambridge University, analyses a person’s location, weather, noise levels, calendar events, emails, texts and calls. It can even work out the size of nearby crowds to detect situations where a user might get stressed

It"s not like the old days, millions moan with a lack of manners topping list of complaints


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It's not like the old days, millions moan with a lack of manners topping list of complaints 1,000 people polled in survey by search website Ask Jeeves Second on list is weather followed by pubs and television programmes By Tara Brady PUBLISHED: 14:37 GMT, 6 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:07 GMT, 6 March 2013 From TV programmes to pubs to the weather, things really aren't as good as they used to be, according to the British public. New research published today found that that the majority of Britons really do think modern life is rubbish.

UK Weather: Get ready for 16C highs as balmy spring weather arrives for a warm start to the week


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It's getting warmer! Get ready for balmy 14C as spring arrives with a warm start to the weekMet Office says most of UK will see temperatures at least hitting 12 to 13CWarmest place in the Britain today is expected to be Aberdeenshire By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 12:39 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:39 GMT, 2 March 2013 After weeks of chilly weather, Britain will finally start to feel some warmth this week. Forecasters say that England and Wales will see bright and sunny weather with temperatures up into the teens by Tuesday.

UK weather: Don"t put your winter coats away just yet: Forecasters warn of four days of freezing weather with temperatures feeling like -10C


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Don't put your winter coats away just yet: Forecasters warn of four days of freezing weather with temperatures feeling like -10CTemperatures could plunge as low as -6C in some areasWind chill will mean some places feel like -10C By Sam Webb PUBLISHED: 00:18 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:52 GMT, 21 February 2013 If you were hoping for a little respite from the cold weather, the prospects are not looking good. An unusually cold snap will take hold of Britain over the next few days as freezing winds sweep across the nation. Strong gusts of up to 50mph will mean that temperatures hovering around freezing point could feel more like -10 degrees in some areas.

Driver, 59, stabbed repeatedly by carjackers as they demanded keys to his Mercedes outside his home


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Driver, 59, stabbed repeatedly by carjackers as they demanded keys to his Mercedes outside his homeVictim left seriously injured by thieves who failed to steal Mercedes C220Onlookers thought men were play-fighting and saw 'rolling around' on lawnNeighbour's doorstep left soaked in blood after victim went for help By Emily Davies PUBLISHED: 13:50 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:07 GMT, 18 February 2013 A driver was left seriously injured after being stabbed multiple times in a frenzied attack by would-be carjackers wanting his Mercedes.

Setback in search for WW2 Spitfires lost in jungle after archaeologists say the planes were never taken to Burma in the first place


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Setback in search for WW2 Spitfires lost in jungle after archaeologists say the planes were never taken to Burma in the first place Archeologists spent nearly two weeks trying to find 37 unused spitfires in the jungle They were thought to have been delivered to Mingaladon, no Yangon international AirportIt now isn't clear if they were ever sent to the country By Jaymi Mccann PUBLISHED: 02:00 GMT, 16 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:54 GMT, 16 February 2013 A hunt for dozens of Second World War Spitfires thought to have been buried in the Burmese jungle has proved fruitless.

UK weather: Beautiful snowdrops in bloom as Britain prepares for another blast of arctic winds


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Beautiful snowdrops in bloom, but hang on to your scarves as shivering Britain prepares for another blast of arctic winds England should stay above freezing in next few days but it'll feel sub-zeroMonday: Largely sunny and dry, particularly in the south of England. Tuesday: Very windy down west coast, with gusts of 60mphWednesday: Cold northerly with frequent wintry showers on the east coastEnvironment Agency: Nine flood warnings and 63 lower-level flood alerts By Ben Spencer PUBLISHED: 16:51 GMT, 3 February 2013 | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 3 February 2013 We may be out of January but keep your scarves and overcoats handy – winter shows no sign of loosening its grip.