Hotter than Istanbul! Britain basks in warmth a month before Christmas

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It may be only a month till Christmas - but you'd be forgiven for thinking it's spring.

With November set to be the hottest ever recorded, Britain is warmer than many holiday hotspots around the world - and forecasters say there is no sign yet of the normal winter temperatures.

According to latest weather predictions it will be unseasonably mild for the next few days, with temperatures hovering at around 15C. Normal averages for this time of year are usually around 6C.

This is hotter than Istanbul and Ankara in Turkey and Damscus in Syria, where temperatures will struggle to get into double figures.

Speaking in the Daily Mail, the Met Office's Sarah Holland said: "We have been seeing very mild temperatures of around 14-15C during the day which will continue into the weekend"

She explained that there is currently an area of high pressure over the UK.

The Met Office predicts temperatures of 15C in the south-west, 14C in the south and 13C in Scotland, with sunshine in many parts. And it says temperatures will remain mild until at least the middle of next week.

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