Scots enjoy sunshine record-breaker
Spring sunshine has set a new record temperature for March in Scotland as large swathes of the country have continued to bask in the warm weather.
A temperature of 22.8C - the highest in the UK on Sunday - was recorded at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire beating the previous March high of 22.2C in 1965, the Met Office said.
This meant that the UK continued to be warmer than more southerly parts of continental Europe, including Barcelona, Nice, Majorca and Faro in Portugal, none of which saw temperatures rise out of the teens in Celsius.
But other parts of the North Sea coast would have been hard pressed to notice it was spring at all, with lingering fog keeping temperatures down around 6C in East Anglia and Kent.
The warm and dry weather is set to continue during this week, forecasters at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said.
Claire Austin said: "It's exceptionally warm for this time of year with high pressure leading to still conditions across most of the country. But there is very little cloud cover which means it will remain chilly overnight."
Temperatures are to remain high at the start of this week before declining back to a more seasonal average of 11 to 12C by next weekend, from an average of 17 to 18C this weekend.
The contrast in the weather between Scotland and Wales - which saw temperatures of 20.1C at Gogerddan - and areas of the south and east of England is due to fog cover, forecasters said. The temperature at Manston in Kent struggled to just 6C at 2pm on Sunday, with Weybourne on the north coast of Norfolk only managing 6.4C.
At Kew Gardens in west London the maximum temperature was 14.1C, compared to 19.6 on Saturday. But that did not stop people getting out and enjoying the sunshine in parks and on the rivers, from the River Trent at Burton in Staffordshire to Hampshire.
Ms Austin said: "The weather will stay dry and sunny with temperatures reaching around 19C in some areas tomorrow (Monday). But around Thursday temperatures will get a bit cooler and there will be a bit of rain in western Scotland. As far as the rest of the UK is concerned it will remain dry, but it will turn cloudy at the weekend."