Published: 08:49, 31 March 2021
| Updated: 18:19, 31 March 2021
The Health Secretary earlier warned Britons not to “blow it” ahead of what could be the UK’s hottest March day on record.
Kent was set to bask in another day of sun and heat while temperatures elsewhere in the country could reach new heights for the month.
The mercury is set to rest at a balmy 21 degrees for much of the county, with the coast staying slightly cooler.
However, temperatures may still be in their 20s in Kent, but weather in Rochester and as far as Folkestone, is dull and the skys are grey.
Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill said it was a “possibility” that other parts of the UK could surpass the March record of 25.6C (78F), set in 1968 at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.
It comes as temperatures reached 24.5C (76.1F) at Kew Gardens in west London on Tuesday - the hottest March day in 53 years.
Mr Burkill said: “Temperatures could be a touch higher tomorrow (Wednesday) than they were today. Whether it will beat the 25.6C, I’m not so sure. It’s on a knife-edge.”
“It’s not out of the question, but I’m not expecting it to. It’s a possibility.”
People have been making the most of sunny conditions across England after Monday’s easing of coronavirus rules which means groups of up to six, or two households, are now able to socialise in parks and gardens while outdoor sports facilities can reopen.
But Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued a warning on Twitter on Tuesday evening, saying: “Let’s enjoy the sun but let’s do it safely. We have come so far, don’t blow it now.”
His comment comes after the Prime Minister said he hoped people would take advantage of the “beautiful weather” to play sport or exercise, while also emphasising the country should still “proceed with caution”.