Hottest March day in more than 50 years sees Brits enjoy spring scorcher

Met Office forecasters provisionally recorded the hottest March day in more than 50 years as temperatures soared above 22C across the UK.

Mercury hit a scorching 24.2C in St James’ Park in central London on Tuesday March 30.

It is the hottest recorded temperature in the month since 1968, when the warmest ever March was recorded at Mepal in Cambridgeshire in 1968 when the heat reached 25.6C.

The Met issued the provisional recording on Twitter as temperatures rose above 20C within four hours.

In a tweet, the Met said: "Temperatures have exceeded 24°C in places today.

"This makes it provisionally the warmest March day in the UK for 53 years."

Earlier on in the day, the Met Office tweeted there would be "exceptional warmth" and "massive" temperature contrasts as the month comes to a close.

The warning comes ahead of reports of snow over Easter weekend, combined with sleet and rainy weather in parts of the country.

Chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said conditions could start to change as soon as Thursday April 1.

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Mr Ramsdale said that "cooler air" will move "from the north east," forcing highs to fall to the mid-teens "before falling further" by Friday April 2.

Sunshine will fade across England and Wales, and then replaced with the chilly weather, with parts of Scotland to some persistent rain over the next couple of days.

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The meteorologist said: "The UK will see a few days of notably warm weather to end March, with a maximum of 24C on Wednesday in the south and east of England.

"There will also be plenty of sunshine across England and Wales, however parts of Scotland will see some persistent rain over the next couple of days.

"Conditions will start to change through the day on Thursday as cooler air moves in from the north east, highs will fall to the mid-teens before falling further by Friday, especially along the east coast.

"With pressure building from the north however, conditions are expected to remain dry for the majority."

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