Warnings as Wednesday weather could break temperature records

The Health Secretary has warned the British not to “blow it” ahead of what may be Britain’s hottest March day.

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill said there was a “possibility” that Wednesday temperatures could beat the 1968 March record of 25.6 ° C (78 ° F) at Mepal, Cambridgeshire.

It comes as mercury peaked at 24.5 ° C in Kew Gardens in west London on Tuesday – the hottest March day in 53 years.

After the coronavirus rules were relaxed on Monday, people across England made the most of the sunny conditions. This means groups of up to six or two households can now socialize in parks and gardens while the outdoor sports facilities can be reopened.

But Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued a warning on Twitter Tuesday night: “Let’s enjoy the sun, but let’s do it safely.” We’ve come this far, don’t blow it now. “

His comment comes after the Prime Minister said he hoped people would take advantage of the “fine weather” to play or exercise, while stressing that the country should still “proceed with caution”.

Mr Burkill said: “The temperatures could be a little higher tomorrow (Wednesday) than today. I’m not sure if it will beat the 25.6C. It’s razor sharp. “

“It’s out of the question, but I don’t expect it. It’s a possibility.”

Temperatures are expected to be between 24 ° C and 25 ° C, with the highest levels expected in London.

The Met Office previously tweeted that there would be “exceptional warmth” and “massive” temperature contrasts towards the end of the month.

Mr Burkill said: “The heat will be very common in much of England and Wales.

“Northern Ireland and many parts of Scotland will be cooler tomorrow, so a little fresher.

“It will be mostly sunny for most, with a few fair weather clouds in England and Wales.

“It’s getting cloudier in Northern Ireland and Scotland and a strip of rain is pulling south.”

Temperatures in east England are expected to start dropping on Thursday, with the mercury only “scratching in the double digits,” Burkhill said.

However, temperatures should remain around the high teens and low 20s in the central and western parts of England and Wales.

Wet weather is forecast for Easter Sunday, with the possibility of sleet or snow in Scotland and the far north of England.

On Tuesday, Wales had its hottest day of the year yet, with mercury reaching 21.3 ° C in Cardiff.

Northern Ireland also had its warmest day of the year with temperatures of 18 ° C at the Giant’s Causeway, while Scotland’s mercury rose to 18.5 ° C in Lossiemouth, Moray.

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