After a spell of warm weather, cooler conditions are expected and will likely become unsettle with the chance of wintry conditions from Sunday, according to the Met Office.
The team at Sheffield’s Weston Park weather station said temperatures had only previously exceeded 20C during March 11 times since 1883, the last being in 2012.
On Wednesday, temperatures peaked at 22.4 degrees Celcius, making it the warmest March day since 1965 and the second warmest on record, according to Weston Park weather station.
Despite the mini-heatwave bringing blazing sunshine, it’s not quite the time to unpack the summer clothes yet; as we approach the Easter weekend, the temperature is expected to plummet - the maximum temperature will reach 12 degrees, with lows of around 4 degrees Celsius.
Met Officechief meteorologist, Steve Ramsdale, said: “The UK will see a few days of notably warm weather to end March.
“Conditions will start to change through the day on Thursday as cooler air moves in from the northeast, highs will fall to the mid-teens before falling further by Friday, especially along the east coast. With pressure building from the north, however, conditions are expected to remain dry for the majority.
"Through Sunday, an even colder pool of air will start to push in across the UK from the north-west, bringing a notable change to temperatures compared to the start of the week.
"This also brings a move towards more unsettled conditions with stronger winds and the chance of some wintry showers.”
Moving into next week, there will be a cold spell across the city, with a chance of snow likely to fall over high ground.
Met Office forecast in full:
Mostly cloudy to start Thursday but turning brighter with some sunny spells developing. Colder with a chilly breeze from the North Sea. Maximum temperature 11 °C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Dry, bright and rather cool through Friday and Saturday with sunny spells and light winds after overnight frost. Windier on Sunday with a spell of rain then much colder later.