Spring sunshine will push temperatures to 18C (94F) this week, while Britain basked in warmer weather than southern Spain.

Britain is going to be hotter than Rome with 20C of sunshine so far this week.

The heat may be above average, but not uncommon for this time of year, said Met Office spokesman Richard Miles.

A Met Office spokesman Richard Miles added:’Many high 30s will peak tomorrow.

It is expected to remain dry and bright during the week although temperatures slowly slip and overnight frosts are likely to persist.

Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst, of the Met Office, said: “This week we’re going to keep high pressure just to the east of the UK and that means it will be largely dry and settled with plenty of sunny spells.

A longtime Met Office meteorological forecast points to “dry and settled conditions” continuing into March, especially in the South.

In its three-month Outlook for Communities and Local Government, the Met Office said: “The chance of a warm spring is much higher than normal.”

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