In Pictures: Golden start as unusually warm spell continues

More unusually warm temperatures are bathing the UK in sunshine after the warmest-ever winter day was recorded for a second time.

The mercury topped 20C (68F) in parts of west Wales on both Monday and Tuesday, a sharp contrast to the snow and ice that coated the UK in late February 2018 when the Beast from the East weather system bit hard.

A surfer catching some waves
A surfer makes their way into the sea during sunrise at Boscombe beach in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Parliament Square
A jogger makes their way towards Parliament Square in London as record-breaking February temperatures are expected (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Boscombe Beach
Monday saw temperatures top 20C in parts of the country (Andrew Matthews/PA)
A paddleboarder
The previous winter record was 19.7C (67.5F) at Greenwich, east London, in 1998 (Andrew Matthews/PA)
The Forth Bridge
Another fine day dawns at the Forth Bridge in North Queensferry Fife (Jane Barlow/PA)
Whitby seafront
The contrast could not be sharper between this February and last which saw places like Whitby hit by the Beast from the East (Neil Squires/PA)
Whitley Bay
A scene in Whitley Bay after temperatures hit the 20s in west Wales and London (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Whitley Bay
A dog walker at Whitley Bay as the sun rises over the North Sea (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Winter weather Feb 26th 2019
Dog walkers were out early in Inverleith Park in Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)
Winter weather Feb 26th 2019
Surfers create shadows in strong sunshine at Woolacombe, North Devon (Ben Birchall/PA)
Winter weather Feb 26th 2019
There was plenty of space on the sand for a game of beach rugby (Ben Birchall/PA)
Winter weather Feb 26th 2019
A man flies a kite in cloudless skies (Ben Birchall/PA)
Winter weather Feb 26th 2019
People sit on rocks with their tops off as they enjoy the sunshine at Woolacombe (Ben Birchall/PA)
Yacht on sea
A sailing boat sails past the coast of Dungeness in Kent during the morning sunshine (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Swan swims on canal
A swan makes its way along the Forth and Clyde Canal near Falkirk (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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