The UK basked in the warmest ever March 26 as temperatures reached a new record of 22.9C (73.2F) in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. It was a sharp contrast between cool and warm in the Anglia region with some places seeing highs of 18C (64F) while the coastal fringes struggled to make 10C (50F) although that is around normal for the time of year.
Other places in Aberdeenshire also enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures, with Aviemore registering 22.3C (72.1F) and Braemar 22C (71.6F). They were warmer than more southerly parts of Europe such as Barcelona, Nice, Majorca and Faro.
The temperature at Aboyne on Monday beat a new Scottish record set on Sunday when the mercury reached 22.8C (73F) at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire.
South of the border Otterbourne in Hampshire was the warmest place today at 21.4C (70.5F), followed by Porthmadog in Wales at 21.1C (69.9F). Central London enjoyed temperatures of 19C (66.2F). The resort of Weybourne, Norfolk was one of the few places to experience average temperatures for the time of year with a low of just 9.5C (49.1F).
The normal maximum temperature for March in the Anglia region is 10C (50F). These were the highs recorded in some parts of the Anglia region on Monday 26 March 2012:
- 18C at Bedford
- 18C at Marham, Norfolk
- 18C at Wittering, Cambridgeshire
- 17C at Andrewsfield, Essex
- 17C at Wattisham, Suffolk
- 14C at Holbeach, Lincolnshire
- 13C at Shoeburyness, Essex
- 10C at Weybourne, Norfolk
Temperatures are expected at near record levels for March again on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Met Office is expecting 18-20C (64-68F) in most places on Tuesday with 21C (70F) likely in London, 22C (72F) in northern England and 23C (73F) possible in Scotland which would break the Scottish record for the third day in a row.
The highest temperatures on Wednesday will biased towards more central and southern areas of the UK with 19-22C (66-72F) widely. There is a small chance of making 24C (75F) although this would still be short of the all time UK March record of 25.6C (78.1F) at Mepal in the Cambridgeshire Fens set on 29 March 1968.