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Doubling Up....March Temperatures in the West Country twice the average

Con trails across blue sky Photo: Roger Fry

The West puts continental hot-spots in the shade....Readings around the region this weekend show many were nearly twice the average for March. Normally we're looking at around 10C..

Bude 19.6C

Chivenor 19.3C

Exeter 18.6C

Yeovilton 18.5C

Isles of Scilly 12.4C - Sea influence kept the temperatures down here!

Basking butterfly Credit: Clive Davies

Compare the above numbers with the highs in the big Med resorts over the weekend....

Malaga 18.6C

Barcelona 18.4C

Nice 17.8C

Ibiza 17.5C

Alicante 16.3C

Catkins catching the sun Credit: Alan Bowkett

It does look like being a record-breaking month but its not over yet. While Easter falls in April this year, it has been known to snow over the holiday period!

There was a similar March warm spell in 2005. Highest temperature then was 21.8C. Other places reached 21.0C. Going back even further, it touched 25.6C in Cambridgeshire on 29th March 1968. Thats an early scorcher!

Whats caused this period of fine, warm weather? A beefy high pressure system has been sitting out to the east of the country. That has blocked the way to any incoming weather systems bringing cloud and rain from the Atlantic. The dry airflow from the east has meant little or no moisture to form cloud - so its blue skies and the sun has got to work with "its hat on".