In Pictures: UK March temperature highest for 53 yearson March 30, 2021 at 4:34 pm

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Some parts of the UK enjoyed spring sunshine as the UK recorded its warmest March day since 1968.

Sisters Mia (left) and Emma Szavejcsuk, aged two and four, play under a magnolia tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London

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Parts of the UK have enjoyed the second warmest March day on record with temperatures hitting 24.5C (76.1F ) in some parts, a day after lockdown measures were eased in England.

The high was recorded at Kew Gardens in south-west London on Tuesday afternoon.

The hottest-ever March temperature of 25.6C was recorded at Mepal, Cambridgeshire, in 1968.

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill said it was “exceptionally high for the time of year”.

Much of England and Wales have been bathed in sunshine but in Scotland a yellow rain warning is in place in some parts.

People relax in the sun at Victoria Embankment Gardens, Central London

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Sunbathers in St James' Park, London

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People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset

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Two women visitors enjoying the sun at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in south-west London

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Members of the University of the Third Age iPhone photography group have an impromptu get together at beach huts in Hove, East Sussex

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Members of a local scooter club on the seafront on Boscombe beach

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Two paddle boarders off Boscombe beach, Dorset

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A punter on the River Cam in Cambridge

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Staff outside St Thomas' hospital

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People fish off Boscombe Pier in Dorset

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People enjoy the warm weather on Brighton beach

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