The temperature exceeded 22 Celsius for the third consecutive day today. The last time this happened was between the 5th and 7th September last year. During May last year there were 4 consecutive days late in the month with highs above 22 Celsius and there were also 3 consecutive days above 22 in April. The longest sequence during the last 20 years of 22+ days (9) in May occurred during 1998, from the 8th to the 16th. After a maximum temperature of 21.4 on the 17th, there were then another 3 consecutive days with highs above 22 Celsius. By way of contrast, in May 1994 the temperature failed to rise above 22 Celsius all month!