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  • 10 March 2014, 6:00

Weather: Brits Enjoy Warmest Day Of The Year

Millions of people on Sunday enjoyed the UK's warmest day of the year so far, with mostly unbroken sunshine and light winds.

The best of the weather was in south-east England where the mercury hit 20.1C (around 68F) in Gravesend, Kent.

Large parts of the UK were helped by warm air from the Mediterranean region after weeks of flood misery due to Atlantic storms.

But the conditions were not so favourable on Sunday in northern and western areas, where the temperatures were in single figures due to cloud and rain.

The cloud will move into the south on Monday.

But it is thought the unseasonal warmth will stay until at least next weekend.

Before Sunday, the warmest recorded temperature this year was 16.9C (62.4F) in London on Friday.

Sky News meterologist Dr Chris England said: "South-east England has seen the highest temperatures of the year so far.

"The high temperaratures are the result of virtually unbroken sunshine, light winds and a feed of warm air from the Mediterranean region due to high pressure centred over eastern Europe.

"In contrast, cloud and rain kept many northern and western areas in single figures.

"It looks like today will be the hottest of the current spell, with cloud taking over in the south on Monday.

"But temperatures will look like staying above average for the time of year into the weekend at least."

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