Warmest February day on record as thermometer soars to 20.3C

Wales has warmest February day on record

Wales has warmest February day on record

Fast forward a year, and Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, Wales, reached 20.3C, on Monday - making it the warmest February day on record in the UK.

Meteorologists said it was the first time the temperature had exceeded 20C (68F) in winter.

A new English record has also been set with temperatures rising to 20.1C in Hampton, South-West London.

Previously, 19.7C was the warmest temperature ever recorded in February in the United Kingdom, in Greenwich, London in 1998.

The mercury hit 20.3C in Trawsgoed, near Aberystwyth in Ceredigion - beating the previous benchmark of 19.7C, recorded in Greenwich in 1988.

Responding to the weather reports, Ms Lucas said: "I like spending an afternoon in the sunshine as much as anyone but it's impossible to shake the feeling that this isn't right".

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Why is it so warm?

This time past year was a very different story as many parts of the United Kingdom were covered with snow after feeling the effects of the Beast from the East.

The high temperatures for both Monday and Tuesday are 17°C and 16°C respectively according to to the Met Office.

The unseasonably warm weather is caused by a high pressure area over continental Europe which is feeding up warm air from the Iberian peninsula.

Temperatures are further boosted by something known as the foehn effect, when air warms as it flows down the lee side of mountains. After that it will be a dry day with good spells of sunshine. Very mild and in places warm once again.

The fog is likely to clear mid-morning.

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