Britain continues to bask in hot 19C temperatures but cold weather will return later this week

Britain will continue to bask in warm temperatures on Monday and Tuesday, but the weather will return to normal later in the week.

Many places in the UK are enjoying temperatures of 18C and 19C, and forecasters say there is a slight chance the record temperature for February will be broken today or tomorrow.

It was 19.7C and and was recorded in Greenwich, London, in 1998.

Warm air being pulled in from the south has seen the mercury almost reach 20C in many parts of the country over the weekend.

The west-coast beauty spot of Gogerddan, in Cardiganshire, Wales, was the hottest place with a record-breaking 19.1C, making it the warmest Welsh day in February since 1990.

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Composite photos of the view through the Croft An Righ in Holyrood, Edinburgh on 28/02/18 (top), during the Beast from the East, and the same view on 26/02/19, as Britain experienced record-breaking temperatures after Tuesday became the warmest winter day on record.
Composite photo of cars stuck on the M80 near Haggs in Glasgow on 28/02/18 (top), during the Beast from the East, and the same view on 26/02/19, as Britain experienced record-breaking temperatures after Tuesday became the warmest winter day on record.
Composite photos of on 01/03/18 (top), during the Beast from the East, and the same view on 26/02/19, as Britain experienced record-breaking temperatures after Tuesday became the warmest winter day on record.
Composite photo of people walking their dogs on Blyth Beach in Northumberland on 27/02/18 (top), during the Beast from the East, and the same view on 25/02/18 as Britain experienced record-breaking temperatures after Tuesday became the warmest winter day on record.
Composite photo of the Kelpies in Helix Park, Falkirk on 28/02/18 (top), during the Beast from the East, and the same view on 26/02/18, as Britain experienced record-breaking temperatures after Tuesday became the warmest winter day on record.
Composite photo of the Kelpies in Helix Park, Falkirk on 28/02/18 (top), during the Beast from the East, and the same view on 26/02/18, as Britain experienced record-breaking temperatures after Tuesday became the warmest winter day on record.
Composite photo of the M876 motorway in Scotland on 03/01/18 (top), during the Beast from the East, and the same view on 26/02/19, as Britain experienced record-breaking temperatures after Tuesday became the warmest winter day on record.
People enjoy the warm weather on Boscombe Pier in Dorset.
Composite photo of Victor the polar bear enjoying the snow at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, South Yorkshire on 28/02/18 (top), during the Beast from the East, and polar bears Pixel and Nissan at the same wildlife park on 25/02/19 as Britain experienced record-breaking temperatures after Tuesday became the warmest winter day on record.
A photographer lines up his shot from the summit of Latrigg in Cumbria, looking out over the Lake District. Forecasters have said that after this weekend's unseasonably warm weather, temperatures later this week should return to normal.
People leave the sea after an early morning swim as they enjoy the warm weather on Boscombe beach in Dorset.
The sun sets behind the M4 Prince of Wales bridge near Bristol, as much of the country enjoys a weekend of unseasonably warm weather.
Paddle boarders enjoy the warm weather and calm seas off of Boscombe beach in Dorset.
Gogerddan, on the west coast of Wales, reached a record-breaking 19.1C (66.38F), the warmest Welsh day in February since 1990.
Gogerddan, on the west coast of Wales, reached a record-breaking 19.1C (66.38F), the warmest Welsh day in February since 1990.
People make the most of the sun and warm weather at Clapham Common in London, Britain, February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
A woman reads a book during sunny weather on Primrose Hill in London, Britain February 24 , 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
A woman reads a book during sunny weather on Primrose Hill in London, Britain February 24 , 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
The UK has been enjoying a spell of dry and sunny weather.
The UK has been enjoying a spell of dry and sunny weather.
The UK has been enjoying a spell of dry and sunny weather.
A spell of warm weather this weekend is set to bring temperatures in the UK close to the record for February, according to the Met Office.
A spell of warm weather this weekend is set to bring temperatures in the UK close to the record for February, according to the Met Office.
A woman enjoys the sun on the South Bank in central London.
A man enjoys the sun on the South Bank in central London.
Paddle boarders enjoy the warm weather and calm seas off of Boscombe beach in Dorset.
People explore the foreshore of the river Thames, in central London, as many parts of the UK enjoyed unusually warm temperatures.
A man paints beach huts along the sea front at Southwold in Suffolk, as Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week. PRESS ASSOCIATION The UK has experienced its warmest winter day since records began with temperatures hitting 20.8C in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, west Wales on Tuesday as Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week. See PA story WEATHER Warm. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A man retrieves his model yacht from the boating lake at Southwold in Suffolk, as Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week. PRESS ASSOCIATION The UK has experienced its warmest winter day since records began with temperatures hitting 20.8C in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, west Wales on Tuesday as Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week. See PA story WEATHER Warm. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
People enjoy the warm weather at Tynemouth beach as Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week.
Young women sit amongst the crocuses as they enjoy the sunshine in Green Park, London. Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week.
People sit on the grass during lunchtime next to Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire.
People sit on rocks with their tops off as they enjoy the sunshine at Woolacombe, North Devon as Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week.
A surfer looks out from the edge of rocks as he prepares to enter the sea at Woolacombe, North Devon as Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week.
People sit on rocks with their tops off as they enjoy the sunshine at Woolacombe, North Devon as Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week.
The sunrise over the North Sea in Whitley Bay. The UK could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week after Monday became the warmest winter day on record.
Sunrise over Parliament Square, London. The UK could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week after Monday became the warmest winter day on record.
The sunrise over the North Sea in Whitley Bay. The UK could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week after Monday became the warmest winter day on record.
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Hampton Water Works, in the south west of London, was the hottest spot in England at 19C, and Londoners took advantage of the chance to head out into the sunshine on the South Bank of the Thames.

In Dorset, crowds headed to the beach to enjoy the warm weather which is expected to continue on Monday and Tuesday.

However, temperatures are expected to drop to highs of 11C or 12C by Thursday.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "It's been unusually mild in many areas of the country and this is the fourth day in a row we've hit 18C.

"Monday and Tuesday will be equally as warm, if not with a greater chance of 18C or 19C."

After that, however, temperatures should be back to normal.

"Monday and Tuesday will be the last of the very mild days with temperatures coming back to average levels after that," the spokesman added.

The average temperature for this time of year in London is about 9C, the Met Office said, while it is between 5C and 8C in other parts of Britain.

The temperature might have been affected by a phenomenon known as the Foehn Effect, a dry and warm down-slope wind that occurs to the lee of hills or mountains.

The previous Welsh record was 18.6C (65.48F) set in the south Wales village of Velindre 29 years ago.

- This article originally appeared on Yahoo UK
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