TThe Health Secretary has warned Britons not to ‘mess up’ before what could be the hottest March day on record in the UK.
Mercury peaked at 24.5 ° C (76.1 ° F) at Kew Gardens in west London on Tuesday, with St James’s Park in the center of the capital also reaching highs of 24.3 ° C (75.7 ° F).
The figure is only slightly lower than the hottest March temperature on record in the UK, 25.6 ° C (78 ° F), recorded in 1968 at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.
Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill said it was “possible” the record could be broken on Wednesday with temperatures expected to reach around 25 ° C (77 ° F).
Thursday should also be hot with 17 degrees on the charts.
However, temperatures are expected to drop over the bank holiday weekend.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned the public not to ‘blow up’ the road the UK has traveled as the country’s lockdown measures begin to ease.
“Let’s enjoy the sun but let’s do it safely,” he tweeted. “We’ve come this far, don’t blow it up now. ”
It came about as a scatter order was put in place in a park in Nottingham after large crowds gathered.
Images posted on social media captured a scuffle, with dozens of people drinking and ignoring social distancing rules, leaving behind large amounts of trash at the Nottingham Arboretum.
The scenes have led the Nottingham City Council chief to call on everyone to take personal responsibility for obeying the rules as they are relaxed.
Councilor David Mellen said a selfish minority had abused the easing of restrictions, adding: “We have all made sacrifices in the past year to protect each other.
“More than 600 people in the region have died from the virus.
“We owe it to their families, to each other and to frontline workers not to jeopardize the progress we have made in reducing the spread of Covid by acting so thoughtless and recklessly.”
Alcohol will be seized from people entering parks from Tuesday, Mr Mellen said, amid an increased police presence.