By Paul Homewood

We’re already three months into the year, and the BBC/Met Office look like they’ll be struggling to find much to fill their inevitable “Britain’s Wild Weather” programme at the end of the year.

No doubt though, they’ll resort to the pleasantly warm day we had this week , even though it was two degrees fahrenheit colder than another March day in 1968!

One eagle eyed observer though has pointed out that Kew Gardens is not exactly the sort of pristine site where you would want to measure temperatures:

As he rightly comments, Kew, along with Heathrow, regularly appear at the top of temperature rankings. I wonder why?

Of course, at the end of the day it was just another weather event. And particularly at this time of year, timing is an important factor. If this weather had occurred a week or two earlier, temperatures would likely have been a degree lower. Equally if it had happened two days later, it would have just been an unexceptional April day.

Looking back through the archives, we have had similar spells of warm weather in March, in addition to the record set in March 1968. For instance, in 1929 temperatures hit 77F (25.0C), which was higher than this week:

March 1948 saw a temperature of 75F (23.9C), remarkable because it occurred so early in the month:

March 1965 also recorded a hotter day than this year with 25.0C at Wakefield. The report also notes the large swing in temperatures during the month, from cold at the start to very warm at the end:

https://digital.nmla.metoffice.gov.uk/SO_7498a04d-6a40-4207-a27f-772663ffd2fc/

CET figures for March have not been updated on ECADS for this year yet, but comparison of maximum temperatures for March each year show that they are not on the rise. However, as I often like to point out, extremely cold days and nights appear to be less frequent, Beasts from the East excepting!

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April 1, 2021 at 12:03PM