Temperatures rise to six-month high

Temperatures rise to six-month high

Motorists finally had some pleasant conditions to drive in as temperatures soared at the weekend following the wettest winter on record.

But drivers are being warned that the temperatures are set to drop again over the next few days with rain again forecast for some areas at the end of the week.

Sunday saw thermometers reading up to 20.5C (69.9F) at Gravesend in Kent, the first time temperatures had reached 20C for almost six months.

The Met Office said most parts of England had the mercury rising to at least 18C with the East Midlands and East Anglia getting the most sunshine.

The warm sunny weather meant that traffic was heavier than it has been over recent weekends in many areas as people sought to take advantage of the unusual March conditions.

Forecaster say the next few days should remain dry though temperatures are set to fall by up to 6C to levels that are more typical for the time of year. And they are predicting that the weather could change towards the end of the week with rainfall likely in some northern areas.

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