On the map for June-like temperature
EAST Surrey was the warmest place in the country on Friday as temperatures hit a June-like 70F (21.3C) in Charlwood.
The village was put on the map when the figure was read out on national television in the evening.
Our weather expert Ian Currie, said Friday was Surrey's warmest day in March since 1965, when 73F (22.8C) was recorded at Wisley.
During the afternoon, the mercury also soared to 21.2C at Chipstead Valley weather station, in Outwood Lane.
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Mr Currie said: "In 1990, I measured 21.1C in March so Friday's was, by a couple of decimal points, warmer.
"In March 1968, 21.1C was recorded at Wisley but we have to go back to March 1965 to find a figure higher. Then, Wisley recorded 22.8C."
Mr Currie said other villages near Charlwood – including Leigh and Salfords – would have been equally as warm on Friday.
While many have been enjoying East Surrey's parks and open spaces over the past week, the blue skies will not be welcomed by the water companies, said Mr Currie.
"It must be a nightmare for them. And there is not much, if any, rain in the forecast. It will become cooler at the weekend and there is a risk of some frost. Next week looks like it will also be mostly dry."
At the beginning of January, Mr Currie, 61, issued his annual forecast for the year ahead.
He correctly predicted that after an unsettled start to March, the end of the month would be dry with "sunshine above par".
For April, Mr Currie said the month would be "drier than average" with frequent northerly winds.
He added: "The nights will be cool so gardeners should watch out for frosts and cover up those tender plants."
He added that the middle of the month would have "one or two warm days" but it would become more unsettled later in the month when most of the rain would fall.
Sutton and East Surrey Water's hosepipe ban begins on April 5.