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UK weather: What a difference! One year after the Beast from the East | UK News



Record-breaking high temperatures are being set across Britain just a year after the Beast from the East blanketed the country in snow.

One year ago today, Sky News reported on the coldest February in five years, with yellow and amber weather warnings in place across the country and predictions of anywhere between five and 15cm of snow.

But different kinds of records are being broken this week, with the UK’s first ever recorded winter temperature of more than 20C (68F).

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas issued a warning, though, saying: “This isn’t some jovial Guinness World Record. This is a climate emergency. Ministers must get off their sun loungers and introduce a #GreenNewDeal.”

Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said that while climate change could be the cause of the drastic difference in conditions, “we can’t directly relate it”.

People enjoy sun on Brighton beach on 25 February
People enjoy sun on Brighton beach on Monday
Snow near Leek in 2018
But last year walkers faced snow near Leek

After frost or fog in some areas first thing on Tuesday, temperatures will reach 19C or 20C (66-68F).

“This time last year it felt bitterly cold,” Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said.

“Easterly winds were dragging cold air across the UK from Siberia. Many places at the turn of the month recorded maximum temperatures of about 0C (32F) or below. In the wind, it felt like minus 10C (14F).”

She added: “A year later and we are seeing temperature records broken up and down the country.

The sun rises over Boscombe beach in Dorset
The sun rises over Boscombe beach in Dorset on Tuesday
Rutland on 26 February 2018 painted a very snowy scene
But last year there was a snowy scene in Rutland in the East Midlands

“The Scottish, Welsh, English and the UK February temperature records have all been broken. Yesterday saw London hit 20.4C (68.7F), and Trawsgoed in west Wales peaked at 20.6C (69F), setting a new UK record.

It is the first time in the UK’s meteorological records that temperatures have topped 20C (68F) during the winter (1 December to 28 February).

“Today could be even warmer. The London area is where we are expecting temperatures to close in on the 21C mark today which is 70F.

A woman lounges with a book in Regent's Park
A woman enjoys the sunshine in London’s Regent’s Park on Monday
Milli and Tony play in the snow in Chester Zoo in February last year
Last February bears could enjoy playing in the snow in Chester Zoo

“On Wednesday, however, highs will be nearer 15 to 18C.

“Heavy showers and blustery winds are forecast across the South on Thursday, with spells of wind and rain expected this weekend.”

The previous winter record was 19.7C (67.5F), which was recorded in 1998 in Greenwich, southeast London.

Friday is the first day of meteorological Spring, and will be mostly dry.

Mr Miall said another record temperature could be set today.

“We could well again see similar values,” he said.

“Whether it will be record-breaking again, we’re not quite sure, but I think it could be quite close.”

Here are some pictures from last year and this year – just days apart.

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