Record warm winter weather could continue, say forecasters

Britain could experience more record-breaking temperatures this week after Monday became the warmest winter day on record.

Forecasters said the unusually warm weather will continue on Tuesday after a record high of 20.6C (68.5F) was reached at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, west Wales.

The first time the temperature has gone above 20C in winter making today the warmest February day on record
(PA Graphics)

Luke Miall, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said on Monday night: “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.”

Temperatures of 20.4C (68.4F) in Northolt, west London, and 20.1C (68.2F) in Gogerddan, west Wales, were also recorded on Monday.

The previous winter record was 19.7C (67.5F) at Greenwich, east London, in 1998.

It is also the earliest an above-20C (68F) temperature has been recorded in a calendar year since 20.2C (68.4F) was recorded at Exeter Airport on March 2 1977.

Following another day of maximum #temperature records here in the UK, we are now able to confirm that on Saturday morning Achnagart in Scotland recorded the UK's highest daily minimum temperature for February, with 13.9 °C. The previous record stood at 13.7 °C in Aboyne 13.2.1998 pic.twitter.com/sZxK0KIdRZ

— Met Office (@metoffice) February 25, 2019

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.

Tuesday could start with some light frost and fog before the temperatures rise to highs of about 19 or 20 degrees, similar to Monday.

North west Wales and London are most likely to feel the highest temperatures.

Winter weather Feb 25th 2019
Frost covers a field at Normandy in Surrey on Monday morning (Steve Parsons/PA)

Wednesday could also start foggy with some frost but it is expected to be dry and bright throughout the day.

Heavy showers are possible on Thursday as temperatures struggle to breach 11C (51.8F) or 12C (53.6F).

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.

“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.”