Temperature hits 21C on record warmest UK winter day

The UK has experienced its warmest winter day since records began for the second day running.

Records were broken in England and Wales, as temperatures hovered around 21C (69.8F) and Britons continued to enjoy a spell of unseasonably mild weather.

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Warm UK weather in February 2019
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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Temperatures hit 21.2C (69.4F) in Kew Gardens, London, making Tuesday the hottest day of February, the winter and the year for England, the Met Office said.

The run of warm weather has seen daily maximum temperatures at Kew Gardens not dropping below the month's average of 7.4C since February 2, and staying above 15C for at least seven days.

Warmest UK February temperaturesEarlier in the day 20.8C (69.4F) was recorded in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, west Wales.

On Monday, the thermometer reached 20.6C (68.5F) at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, West Wales, the highest recorded in February and beating the previous record of 19.7C (67.4F) in Greenwich, south-east London, in 1998.

Parts of Britain on Tuesday were hotter than a series of popular holiday destinations, beating Malibu, Athens and Barcelona.

Holidaymakers hoping to catch rays in Crete will be bitterly disappointed, with the island seeing 1.2in (30mm) of rain on Monday and a maximum temperature of 13C (55.4F) forecast for Tuesday.

  1. Crete - max 13C/55.4F forecast
  2. Malibu - max 15C/59F forecast
  3. Athens - max 15C/59F forecast
  4. Rome - max 15C/59F recorded
  5. Barcelona - max 19C/66.2F recorded
  6. Lisbon - max 19C/66.2F recorded

Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans predicted highs of 18C (64.4F) on Wednesday.

She said: "Temperatures will be fairly similar, but it will just be a degree or two down on today.

"We are still going to have plenty of sunshine around, and it will be warm, just not as warm.

"And also in some places I think it will have a bit more in the way of mist and fog in the morning and that will keep the temperatures down in a few spots."

Climate change has played a role in pushing winter temperatures to new record highs in the UK, experts have suggested.

Winter weather Feb 25th 2019
People walking on Blyth Beach in Northumberland in 2018 (top) and today (Owen Humphreys/PA)

While the variability of weather makes it hard to link any single event to climate change, global warming is heating up the whole system and making extremes more likely, scientists say.

Grahame Madge, Met Office climate spokesman, said: "Climate change has made what would have already been an extremely warm event even warmer and is probably responsible for tipping it over the 20C threshold."

The warm weather is in stark contrast to this time last year, when the UK was swept by the "Beast from the East" which brought heavy snow showers and lows of minus 5C (23F), leading to travel delays and power cuts in what were the lowest temperatures in the week leading up to March 1 since 1986.

Winter weather Feb 26th 2019
A year ago snow was blanketing Edinburgh, a stark contrast to today's sunshine (Jane Barlow/PA)

Last year's cold weather was down to a similar weather pattern, but the high pressure instead came from Arctic Russia, moving over Scandinavia.

The conditions seen this week come from the tropic Atlantic and parts of North Africa.

However, by Thursday the weather from the Atlantic will bring colder showers, with temperatures dropping significantly, the Met Office said.

Heavy showers are possible as temperatures will struggle to get above 11C (51.8F) or 12C (53.6F).

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