Fool's spring: England enjoys sunshine in February

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image captionSt Ives in Cornwall was bathed in spring sunshine with the sea looking incredibly blue

England has been basking in more warm weather with many spotting early signs of spring around the country.

The mercury topped 20C in several areas on Monday with Tuesday predicted to see more sunshine.

In Northolt, west London, 20.4C (68.4F) was recorded, the previous winter record was 19.7C (67.5F) at Greenwich, east London, in 1998.

The warmth follows February 2018's Beast from the East, which brought heavy snowfall across the country.

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image captionIn Eastbourne the crocuses are out bringing a splash of colour to this park
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image captionThe sky was a brilliant blue in Telford, in Shropshire
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image captionIn Paignton the weather was perfect for sea kayaking with this picture taken from the water

Luke Miall, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said cooler temperatures expected from Wednesday onwards will be "still above average" for February.

Heavy showers are possible on Thursday while Friday, the first day of meteorological spring, is expected to be mostly dry before a wet weekend.

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image captionThe weather in Stevenage was perfect for getting out into the garden or heading down to the allotment
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image captionIn London the early sunshine created a heat haze around the cityscape
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image captionIt wasn't just people enjoying the spring sunshine with this cat taking in the view in Shropshire
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image captionThe clear skies were captured by this weather camera in Somerset

On Twitter many people are warning England is currently experiencing a "fool's spring" when warm weather precedes a further cold snap before spring properly gets under way.

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