The warmest February day on record has been recorded in the UK, with the Met Office reporting a temperature of 20.3C (68.54F) at Trawsgoed, Ceredigion.

It is the first time a temperature of over 20C has been recorded in winter and breaks the UK’s record for February, set when the temperature reached 19.7C in Greenwich in 1998.

A new English record has also been set with temperatures rising to 20.1C in Hampton, South-West London.

It is the second day running the Welsh record has been broken. On Sunday temperatures reached 19.1C, breaking the record of 18.6C (65.48F) set 29 years ago in the south Wales village of Velindre.

The BBC Weather Centre says that, although it is recognised that the climate is changing, it’s hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change.

Why is it so warm?

A year ago Britain was about to endure the worst of the ‘Beast from the East‘ with widespread snow and sub-zero temperatures.

The reason temperatures have been so high is the direction our air is coming from.
High pressure parked to the south east of the British Isles has been dragging warm air from Africa and the Canary Islands.

Temperatures are further boosted by something known as the foehn effect, when air warms as it flows down the lee side of mountains.

All of this combined with the sunshine has produced something quite extraordinary for February.

Tuesday

Tomorrow looks set to be another fine and dry day with clear blue skies and uninterrupted sunshine. Very mild and in places warm once again.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday

Wednesday is expected to be dry and bright, although early mist/fog may be slow to clear. Chilly on Wednesday night with mist and fog likely to return. Thursday is likely to be dry but cloudier than previous days, but it is set to essentially remain dry. Friday should start dry but rain is likely to move in from the west either during Friday or on Friday night.