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Weather forecast UK – Today officially hottest March day since 1968 as 24C heatwave makes it warmer than IBIZA


BRITS are flocking to beaches to enjoy record-high March temperatures as Covid restrictions on outdoor gatherings were eased in England.

Temperatures increased by more than 20C in less than four hours, the Met Office said, as the UK entered a period of “exceptional warmth”.

And temperatures have since risen to a staggering 24C – making it officially the UK’s hottest March day since March 29, 1968 when the mercury hit 25.6C in Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

The warmer and brighter weather coincided with the relaxing of England’s lockdown earlier this week, when the “stay home” order ended and groups of up to six people, or two households, were able to meet outside.

But by Easter weekend, cold air from the north may bring another dip in temperatures, with the Met Office forecasting showers spreading to most areas.

It said temperatures are likely to be around or below average for the time of the year, with a potential for widespread overnight frosts.

The coldest Easter weekend on record was in 2013 when minus 12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, on Easter Sunday.

The Weather Outlook has warned of snow on Easter Sunday.

Read our live blog below for the latest weather news and updates…

  • HAY FEVER MISERY FOR MILLIONS DURING MINI HEATWAVE

    THE RECORD high March temperatures have come just in time for the Covid rules to allow friends and family to meet up outdoors.

    But many hay fever sufferers will have to endure watery eyes and an itchy, runny nose if they want to join in.

    Read more here.

  • BORIS JOHNSON URGES BRITS TO REMAIN ‘CAUTIOUS’ OF COVID RULES DURING HOT SPELL

    The Prime Minister has urged people to remain cautious as the relaxation of lockdown measures in England coincides with an ongoing “exceptionally warm” spell of weather.

    Across the country on Monday, people made the most of sunny conditions and the easing of rules which means groups of up to six, or two households, are now able to socialise in parks and gardens while outdoor sports facilities can reopen.

    The lifting of some restrictions saw golfers return to the fairways and swimmers take the plunge in outdoor pools as temperatures rose.

    According to the Met Office, the mercury reached 20.4C (68.7F) at St James’s Park in central London and Writtle in Essex on Monday – the highest temperature recorded in the UK this year.

    Temperatures are set to climb further above average and could yet top 24C (75.2F) on Wednesday in an area covering London, East Anglia and the East Midlands, the Met Office said.

  • LONDON MOST LIKELY TO SEE PEAK OF THE WEATHER

    Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey said London was most likely to see “the peak” of the weather through this week’s mini heatwave.

    She said this morning: “There is a possibility (of reaching 24C) if we have perfect conditions – if we have clear blue sky and temperatures start picking up you could creep into 24C at very isolated points.”

    But Met Office’s Mr Snell warned the hot spell wouldn’t stick around: “It is set to be a rollercoaster ride this week with the weather,” he said.

    London is expected to reach only 15C on Thursday and Good Friday is on course to be even cooler still at just 12C.

  • WEDNESDAY COULD BE EVEN HOTTER THAN TODAY

    This week’s mini heatwave has already seen temperatures rise above 24C – and it’s set to be even warmer tomorrow.

    Met Office Spokesperson Nicola Maxey told the Sun Online: “Tomorrow will be a degree or two warmer.

    “There’s potential for 24C or 25C in places and the record for March is 25.6C.”

    But Wednesday is likely to be the “last day of the really warm weather,” Ms Maxey said, with a cold snap set to hit over the Easter weekend.

    “Tomorrow we will see the peak of the temperature,” she said.

  • RAIN, RAIN AND MORE RAIN FOR SCOTLAND

    While temperatures are soaring across much of the UK, Scotland is still getting a dousing.

    The rain is expected to persist throughout the day and into the evening, Met Office says.

    A yellow weather warning for heavy rainfall is in force for Scotland until 9am on Wednesday.

  • WARM, SUNNY EVENING AHEAD FOR MOST

  • 24.2C RECORDED AT ST JAMES’ PARK

    The warmest temperature in the UK today was recorded in London, at St James’ Park.

    The 24.2C recorded there made today the warmest March day since 1968.

  • GROUP SPORTS RETURNED YESTERDAY JUST IN TIME FOR THE SUNSHINE

    Londoners enjoy group sports for the first time since December.

    Credit: Deis Media
    Credit: Deis Media
  • TEMPERATURES ROCKET FROM MINUS 1.6C TO 19C IN LESS THAN FOUR HOURS

    Temperatures increased by more than 20C in less than four hours as the UK entered a period of “exceptional warmth”.

    The mercury climbed from a frosty minus 1.6C at 7am in Santon Downham, west Suffolk, to 19C shortly before 11am on Tuesday, the Met Office said.

    Temperatures are forecast to hit 23C in parts of south and east England later in the day, rising to 24C on Wednesday around London.

    The figure comes close to the UK’s hottest March temperature of 25.6C, recorded in 1968 at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.

    Should temperatures exceed 23C, it would be the first time in March since 2012.

    The Met Office tweeted there would be “some exceptional warmth” and “massive” temperature contrasts as the month comes to a close.

  • SUNBATHERS OUT IN FORCE ON BRIGHTON BEACH

    Brits are out in force, lunching al fresco in parks and tanning on the beaches as temperatures soar into the mid 20s.

    Sunbathers enjoying the hot weather on Brighton beach,
    Sunbathers enjoying the hot weather on Brighton beach,
  • WARMEST MARCH DAY IN 53 YEARS

    Today has officially become the warmest March day in the UK for 53 years.

    More on this, below.

  • PLUNGE OF POLAR AIR OVER EASTER

    Easter weekend will see “another plunge of cold air coming down from the northeast – that’s fairly typical,” according to Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook.

    He adds that it’s often said in the UK that snow is more likely to fall at Easter than at Christmas, and “this year it looks like there could be a wintry flavour to the Easter period”.

    On Good Friday, weather charts show cold air pushing down from the northeast, across much of the UK.

    Brian says this brings in the potential for more widespread sleet or snow showers, suggesting the potential for “wintry conditions this Easter”.

  • FROM EXTREME TO EXTREME IN TEMPERATURES

    Although some of us saw temperatures below zero this morning, they are soaring towards 24C for some this afternoon.

    The difference between the lowest temperature overnight, and the highest daytime temperature, is known as the diurnal range.

    Big temperature swings aren’t unusual in Spring.

     

  • OUTDOOR SPORTS ARE BACK

    Football and cricket pitches, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor swimming pools, golf courses and sailing clubs are now free to reopen after months of being shuttered.

    The re-opening of these sports facilities has coincided nicely with a mini heatwave soaking most of the UK in sun for the first half of this week.

    Beachgoers made the most of the fine weather in Brighton
    Beachgoers made the most of the fine weather in Brighton
  • OFFICIALLY THE WARMEST MARCH DAY SINCE 2012

    London’s Kew Gardens have hit 22.7C – making it the warmest day of March since 2012!

  • SET TO BE A RECORD-BREAKING DAY

    Soaring temperatures today could break records dating back to 1968.

    If temperatures exceed 23 °C, it’ll be the first time in March since 2012.

    And if temperatures exceed 24 °C, it’ll be the first time in March since 1968.

  • CROWDS FLOCK TO CAMBER SANDS TO SOAK UP SUN

    Lots of people were out and about at Camber Sands in East Sussex today, soaking in the unseasonably warm weather
    Lots of people were out and about at Camber Sands in East Sussex today, soaking in the unseasonably warm weather
  • RAIN, RAIN AND MORE RAIN FOR SCOTLAND

    While temperatures are soaring across much of the UK, Scotland is still getting a dousing.

    The rain is expected to persist overnight and throughout the day, Met Office says.

    A yellow weather warning for heavy rainfall is in force for Scotland until 9am on Wednesday.

  • BRITS LUNCH AL FRESCO AS TEMPERATURES SOAR

    Brits are out in force, lunching al fresco in parks around the city as the temperatures soar into the mid 20s.

    Lunch on a park bench in the sun at the Victoria Embankment Gardens in Central London
    Lunch on a park bench in the sun at the Victoria Embankment Gardens in Central London
  • BOOZY STUDENTS BRAWLED IN PARK ON FIRST DAY OF EASED RESTRICTION

    Large crowds of more than six gathered at the Arboretum in Nottingham yesterday, where revellers enjoyed beers and danced in yesterday’s warm weather.

    The boozy students could be seen starting a fight – as hundreds broke social distancing rules and gathered to see what the commotion was about.

    Revellers could then be seen spraying bottles of alcohol in the air – chanting and clapping as many joined in and danced in the centre of the madness.

    Pals hugged and cheered in the sunshine on the first day of England’s step out of lockdown – but seemingly failed to stick to the new Rule of Six.

    And after a day of drinking, some of the revellers were seen weeing in bushes while others spewed empty cans, bottles and boxes on the grass. 

  • ODDS CUT ON HOTTEST SPRING ON RECORD IN THE UK

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 6-4 (from 2-1) on this spring being the hottest on record in the UK.

    The firm is offering 5-4 for this Easter to be the hottest of all time, while it is 2-1 that 30C or higher is recorded in the UK next week.

    “Spring will have finally sprung next week, with temperatures in the mid-20s.

    “We have not only slashed the odds on it being a record hot Easter this year, but also on a record hot spring,” said Coral spokesman John Hill.

    “The betting also says there is strong chance temperatures could even reach as high as 30C in some parts of the UK next week,” added Hill.

  • BRITS FLOCK TO BRIGHTON BEACH TO SOAK UP THE RAYS

    Beachgoers enjoy the warm sunny weather in Brighton today
    Beachgoers enjoy the warm sunny weather in Brighton today
  • WARM WEATHER MAY DISAPPEAR FROM EASTER

    The Met Office told The Sun Online things will “take a bit of a tumble from Thursday” with cloud and some showers spreading to most areas.

    Temperatures likely to be around or below average for the time of year, continuing over the Easter weekend.

    There is even the potential for widespread overnight frosts.

  • OUTDOOR SPORTS ARE BACK

    Football and cricket pitches, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor swimming pools, golf courses and sailing clubs are now free to reopen after months of being shuttered.

    The re-opening of these sports facilities has coincided nicely with a mini heatwave soaking most of the UK in sun for the first half of this week.

    Organised team sports can also resume outdoors.

    This means grassroots competitions can take place ahead of the Easter break without the need for social distancing.

  • HOTTER THAN IBIZA IN THE UK

    The weather will continue to improve for many areas from tomorrow with sizzling March temperatures.

    Parts of the UK will be hotter than Ibiza today as the mercury soars as high as 23C in eastern England.

    It is even set to hit 24C on Wednesday in southeast England, London, Herefordshire and Cambridgeshire, making it the second highest temperature recorded in March since 1884.

    The maximum temperature recorded in the month was 25.6C on March 29, 1968, at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.

    Elsewhere, temperatures will be above 20C across southern and central England, and in the high teens in the north.





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