UPDATE 4pm on Tue 28th Feb
17.4C has been recorded in Durham today, their highest February temperature on record, with data going back to 1880.
Warm air from the sub-tropics is affecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire today and has led to some exceptionally mild temperatures for February.
At the old Finningley Met Office site, which is now Robin Hood airport, along with Donna Nook outside Cleethorpes, 18C (64F) has been recorded.
These temperature levels are average for early June, the highest for February since 1998, and close to record levels.
Holbeach, in South Lincolnshire also reached 18C (64F). Less than two weeks ago, on the morning of Saturday 11th February, the mercury fell to minus 16C (3F) at the same site, which equalled the record for February cold in Lincolnshire.
Such a huge temperature contrast, no less than 34C in under two weeks, is just about as big as it gets.
Although tomorrow will be less mild, west to south-westerly winds will prevail for the rest of February.
Apart from the severe cold snap we experienced in early February, and despite numerous long range forecasts last Autumn which suggested otherwise, climatological winter (Dec, Jan & Feb) has turned out to be milder than average.
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