Weather: UK spring 'set to be third warmest on record'

People enjoy sunny weather in Green Park in London. Credit: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

Early statistics show Britain has enjoyed its highest average spring temperature since records began over 100 years ago, according to the Met Office.

Average temperatures look likely to have been 8.97C for the season - the third warmest since 1910 and close to the record of 9.15C set in 2011.

While current figures indicate the third warmest spring in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland has been particularly warm.

Depending on temperatures in the final three days of May, this spring could be Scotland's warmest since records began, at a current average temperature of 7.63C - just above the record of 7.61C in 2011.