Britain tipped to be hotter than Algeria with temperatures expected to hit 18C

Britain will continue to bask in the sun today as unseasonably high temperatures are set to defy the national average and outstrip Algeria – getting as high as 18C.

Sunseekers were pictured flocking to Bournemouth and Brighton beaches this weekend as the spring-like spell continues. 

Runners also enjoyed perfect conditions for the Brighton half-marathon yesterday.

The mercury is tipped to hit 18C today, which would make it the hottest February 25 since records began. 

The record for the entire month is 19.7C, set in Feburary 1998 in Greenwich, south London.

People fish off the end of Boscombe Pier in Dorset. 

Some people went fishing off the end of Boscombe Pier, in Dorset

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Britons could experience 19C in London, north Wales, north Devon or Cumbria today, according to the Met Office. 

However, the far northwest will be cloudy with some patchy rain and fog is expected to form in parts of Britain from Tuesday. 

It marks a stark contrast to last year, when the country was gripped by the Beast from the East’s snow and freezing temperatures.

The warm weather – created by a plume of hot air from Morocco – will continue until Wednesday when temperatures are expected to gradually dip. 

They should return to normal by the weekend, with 8-10C forecast along with an increased chance of wind, rain, and potentially even snow over higher ground in the north. 

A man enjoys the sun on the foreshore of the river Thames in London as people enjoy the warm weather

The mercury is tipped to hit 18C today, which would make it the hottest February 25 since records began  

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Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told the Daily Telegraph: “The first half of the week will stay exceptionally mild. North Wales, North Devon, Cumbria and possibly London are the favoured spots. 

“Even the north coast of Northern Ireland could see 17C as well. There is a 40% chance we could see 19C somewhere on Monday and Tuesday.

“From Wednesday onwards temperatures will start to come down slowly and the weather will start to get more changeable as well. Into the weekend temperatures will come back down towards average.

“The average for this time of year is 8-10C and by Sunday or Monday temperatures will be back down to where they should be.”

A breakdown of settled conditions from the Atlantic is likely to bring a greater chance of thicker cloud, wind and rain, particularly for the west.

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