Britons heralded the first day of British Summer Time by basking in the warmest temperatures of the year so far with Santon Downham in Norfolk and St James's Park in London the hottest parts of Britain, reaching 20.9C (69.6F), according to forecasters MeteoGroup.
Temperatures in parts of the country exceeded 20 Celsius (68F).
And the balmy weather is likely to remain over the coming days, said Rachel Vince, senior forecaster at MeteoGroup.
Santon Downham, which is on the edge of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border, was warmer than much of the Mediterranean including places like Ibiza, Naples, Rome Rhodes and even Tenerife.
The normal maximum temperature in the Anglia region in late March is 11-12°C.
The temperature reached 20°C in Cambridge and at Marham in Norfolk and most places saw a maximum of 17-19°C. Along the East coast temperatures were slightly lower with a high of 14.7°C in Cromer, Norfolk.
The weather front is being driven by hot air currently over the Low Countries, added Ms Vince.
Mild springtime temperatures are also good news for Britain's plants and animals after the wettest winter on record.