The UK is experiencing its warmest February day on record, 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.
It 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 Water Works, in south-west London.
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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?
By Nick Miller, BBC Weather
It’s hard to believe that a year ago Britain was about to endure the worst of the so-called Beast from the East, with widespread snow and sub-zero temperatures.
Fast forward 12 months and this record February warmth shows just how varied the UK weather can be.
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 our way.
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 remarkable for February.
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