In Pictures: What a difference a year makes as Britain basks in warm weather

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As families frolic on the beach and sunbathers soak up the rays, it is an unusual scene for a British winter’s day.

And as temperatures topped 20C on Monday – making it the warmest winter day since records began – it was a far cry from this time last year when the Beast from the East brought cold weather and heavy snowfall.

Photos captured across Britain this week tell a very different story from the same week last year.

2019

People enjoy the sunshine on Aberystwyth beach in Wales on Monday
People enjoy the sunshine on Aberystwyth beach in Wales on Monday
A couple enjoy the sunshine as they stroll along the Long Walk near Windsor Castle, Berkshire on Monday
A couple enjoy the sunshine as they stroll along the Long Walk near Windsor Castle, Berkshire on Monday
Ladies enjoy lunch in the sun at Blyth in Northumberland on Monday
Ladies enjoy lunch in the sun at Blyth in Northumberland on Monday
A man enjoys the sun on the foreshore of the river Thames in London on Sunday
A man enjoys the sun on the foreshore of the river Thames in London on Sunday

2018

Father and son David and William Jenkins, three, from Cardiff, enjoy sledging down the hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales on February 3 last year
Father and son David and William Jenkins, three, from Cardiff, enjoy sledging down the hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales on February 3 last year
Long Walk on March 1 2018
Long Walk on March 1 2018
People walk their dogs on Blyth Beach in Northumberland on February 27 last year
People walk their dogs on Blyth Beach in Northumberland on February 27 last year
Commuters walking in the snow on London Bridge on February 26 last year
Commuters walking in the snow on London Bridge on February 26 last year