UK temperatures set to rival Ibiza’s as mercury climbs in March
The Met Office said those in the South East could be basking in highs of 17C (62.6F) or 18C (64.4F) on Tuesday.
Parts of the UK will be as warm as Spanish hotspots Ibiza, Barcelona and Madrid as temperatures soar on Tuesday.
The UK could see one of the warmest days of the year so far, with Southerners set to see the mercury peaking in the late teens – almost 8C warmer than the average 10.3C (50.54F) for the area at this time of year.
The Met Office said those in the South East could be basking in highs of 17C (62.6F) or 18C (64.4F) – around the maximum daytime temperatures forecast for Tuesday in Ibiza, Barcelona and Madrid.
Temperatures will have to soar higher than the 18.3C (65F) recorded on February 20 in Northolt, north-west London, and Kew Gardens, south-west London, to become the hottest day of 2017.
The average maximum temperature for this time of year, taking in all of the UK, is 8.9C (48.02F) – significantly lower than highs reached on Monday.
Murlough in County Down reached 15.9C (60.62F), the Giant’s Causeway hit 15.8C (60.44F), Usk in Monmouthshire enjoyed 15.4C (59.72F), and Saint James’s Park in central London reached 15.3C (59.54F).
Towards the end of the week temperatures will fall but remain just above the average maximum highs for mid-March.
Forecasters quashed hopes that it could be the hottest March week ever, as thousands of race-goers prepare to descend on Cheltenham.
It is thought that it is unlikely that the mercury will reach 25.6C (78F) – the highest-ever March temperature, recorded on March 29 in 1968 in Mepal, Cambridgeshire.
Race-goers can expect cloudy skies but will enjoy largely dry conditions.