BRITAIN will bask in another day of warm weather today as forecasters predict this Tuesday’s temperatures could top Monday’s record-breaking high — but a large winter storm is just over the horizon.
The mercury hit 20C in many parts of the country on yesterday, meaning it was the warmest February day since UK records began.
This chart shows the warm temperatures in the south of England and Wales today – which could end up being higher than yesterday’s 20C peak, becoming the warmest winter day ever recorded in Britain
Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, west Wales, experienced the highest temperature of 20.6C, while 20.4C was recorded in Northolt, west London, and 20.1C in Gogerddan, west Wales.
The previous winter record was 19.7C clocked at Greenwich, east London, in February 1998.
But the winter heatwave could mean the record is broken all over again today.
Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: “We could well again see similar values.
“Whether it will be record-breaking again, we’re not quite sure, but I think it could be quite close.”
The weekend doesn’t look great, it’s looking wet and windy across the country.Luke Miall, Met Office Meteorologist
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The day will likely start with some light frost and fog before temperatures rise to highs of about 19 or 20 degrees.
North-west Wales and London are most likely to feel the highest temperatures.
The warmth follows last February’s Beast from the East, which plunged temperatures below freezing and brought heavy snowfall across the country.
Cooler temperatures expected from Wednesday onwards will be “still above average” for February, Mr Miall said.
Heavy showers are possible on Thursday as temperatures struggle to get above 11C or 12C.
Friday, March 1, will mark the first day of meteorological spring and is expected to be mostly dry before a wet weekend.
Mr Miall added: “The weekend doesn’t look great, it’s looking wet and windy across the country.
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“There’s lots of uncertainty over the details because it’s still a long way off but wet and windy seems to be the theme through many areas.”
Monday’s record highs were likened to a “climate breakdown” by Green MP Caroline Lucas.
Mr Miall said: “This kind of event is what climate change would expect but we can’t directly relate it to climate change.”
WXCharts This graphic shows even more warm weather is forecast for tomorrow before the unsettled weekend ahead
WENN The rosy-fingered dawn in London this morning, which is tipped to be one of the hottest areas in the UK today
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Alamy Live News A cold and foggy start to a very sunny day as the hot dawn mixes with the ground frost from a night of clear sky over the south of Glasgow as the greens of Knightswood golf course turn white
Getty Images – Getty People enjoying the unseasonal sunshine on the beach in Brighton yesterday
Rex Features A woman making the most of yesterday’s record-breaking winter warmth in St. James’s Park, London
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