Cambridge expected to be hotter than Ibiza as record March temperatures forecast
Temperatures in Cambridge could hit 23C (73.4F) on Tuesday as forecasters suggest the UK could be heading for record-high March temperatures.
That would make it hotter than Ibiza and St Tropez, which are only expected to reach 20C (68F).
Some areas of the south-east could reach 24C (75.2F) on Tuesday, forecasters say, which would make it only the second day in March that the temperature has reached this high since records began in 1884.
Cambridgeshire holds the UK’s March temperature record. It hit 25.6C (78F) on March 29, 1968, at Mepal.
This could be under threat in a week when children begin their Easter holidays, but it will follow a mixed weekend.
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “The weekend should be a mixed bag for many with a big north-south split.
“Southern regions will certainly see the warmer, sunnier conditions with a band of rain moving through Northern Ireland on Saturday afternoon before heading into parts of northern England and Scotland.
“Saturday will certainly be the better of the two days, with Sunday becoming windy and grey for most.”
Mr Dewhurst said southerly winds along with an area of high pressure would move in on Monday.
He added: “Into next week large swathes of southern England and Wales will be dry with warmer temperatures than expected for this time of year, the average for March being 11-12C.
“The mercury could reach a high of around 18C on Monday, with Tuesday seeing highs of 24C (75.2F).
“Much of the UK will remain dry and bright until Wednesday, while parts of Scotland will see some heavy showers.”
The Met Office said conditions are expected to change again from the middle of the week, with cold air from the north bringing another dip in temperatures for Easter weekend.
The coldest Easter weekend on record was in 2013 when minus 12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, on Easter Sunday, while the wettest as in 1991 when 108.7mm of rainfall was recorded at Seatoller, in Cumbria, on Easter Monday.
Cambridge holds the record for the UK’s highest temperature. A high of 38.7C (101.7F) was recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden on July 25, 2019.