BRITAIN has enjoyed its hottest winter day ever as 21C temperatures spark huge wildfires across the country.
The UK was officially warmer than California’s Malibu today as temperatures reached 21.2C at Kew Gardens in West London.
SWNS:South West News Service Wildfires rip through Ashdown Forest in East Sussex
2019 Freelance Photos North Wales www.fpnw.co.uk 07977101297. Images are supplied for Sing Gorse fires break out in North Wales following the incredibly dry weather
But the incredibly warm weather saw a huge blaze breaking out on the side of a mountain in Betws Yn Rhos in North Wales.
Firefighters also had to battle a huge wildfire which had broken out at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, best known as the setting of A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh.
Crews said the ground is drier because of the unusual warm weather which could result in a number of outdoor fires this week.
On Monday, the thermometer reached 20.6C at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, West Wales, the highest recorded in February and beating the previous record of 19.7C in Greenwich in 1998.
Parts of Britain on Tuesday were hotter than a series of popular holiday destinations, beating Malibu, Athens and Barcelona.
Holidaymakers hoping to catch rays in Crete will be bitterly disappointed, with the island seeing 1.2in of rain on Monday and a maximum temperature of 13C forecast for Tuesday.
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The Met Office has predicted maximum temperatures of 21C on Tuesday in areas across the South and South East of England.
Asked if the mercury is likely to rise during the afternoon, forecaster Alex Burkill said: “I think it could do – temperatures are still climbing.”
The warm weather is in stark contrast to this time last year, when the UK was swept by the “Beast from the East” which brought heavy snow showers and lows of minus 5C.
It led to travel delays and power cuts in what were the lowest temperatures in the week leading up to March 1 since 1986.
Last year’s cold weather was down to a similar weather pattern, but the high pressure instead came from Arctic Russia, moving over Scandinavia.
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The conditions seen this week come from the tropic Atlantic and parts of North Africa.
However, by Thursday the weather from the Atlantic will bring colder showers, with temperatures dropping significantly, the Met Office said.
Heavy showers are possible as temperatures will struggle to get above 11C or 12C.
SWNS:South West News Service The wildfires have torn through the forest best known as the setting of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh
This chart shows the warm temperatures in the south of England and Wales today – which ended up being higher than yesterday’s 20C peak, becoming the warmest winter day ever recorded in Britain
SWNS:South West News Service Firefighters battled the huge blaze in East Sussex on Tuesday afternoon
Winter record smashed again … 21.2C (70.2F) at Kew Gardens. To breach 70F in a winter month is extraordinary … the previous earliest date for that mark was 10th March in 1929. pic.twitter.com/u5EQenANzm— MetDesk (@metdesk) February 26, 2019
2019 Freelance Photos North Wales www.fpnw.co.uk 07977101297. Images are supplied for Sing The side of a mountain near Betws Yn Rhos in North Wales was lost to a gorse fire due to the exceptional unseasonal heat the last three days
Rex Features Students from Trinity College enjoying the Spring sunshine on Sandymount beach in Dublin today
PA:Press Association A surfer crosses the beach under cloudless skies at Woolacombe, North Devon, as Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week
London News Pictures A woman with a lunchbox relaxes in the sunshine in front of City of London skyscrapers on the south bank at lunchtime during the warmest winter day ever
WENN The rosy-fingered dawn in London this morning, which is tipped to be one of the hottest areas in the UK today
dave Nelson 07973697602 Three-year-old Leo Frost enjoying an ice cream on Blackpool beach
Rex Features A woman making the most of yesterday’s record-breaking winter warmth in St. James’s Park, London
Weather forecast for Tuesday February 26th 2019 – Warm weather to continue as Brits basks in 20C scorcher
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