Cambridgeshire retains hottest March day title - as Peterborough basks in spring sunshine

Cambridgeshire retained the hottest March day title as the UK basked in spring sunshine.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 5:30 am

Yesterday was the warmest March day in the UK since 29th March 1968 when 25.6°C was recorded in Mepal - however, forecasters believe today could come close to breaking that record.

The mercury hit 24.5C at Kew Gardens yesterday - while Peterborough also saw one of its hottest March days on record.

Trevor Robbins-Pratt, from Peterborough Weather Watch, said it was the third warmest March day in the city since he started recording data.

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However, it looks like the temperature may drop for the Easter weekend itself.

He said; “My high maximum of 20.1°C makes it the third highest temperature for March in my data series, which goes back to 2006. The top two are 22.0°C on 28th in 2012 and 21.0°C on 20th in 2017. I believe Wittering may have hit between 20.5 to 21.0°C

“It looks like today we will see between 19°C and 21°C across the forecast area, but very much cooler from Thursday onwards.”

Enjoy the spring sunshine while it lasts, with cooler temperatures expected later in the week