THE February scorcher continues today as Brits are set to bask in a 16C Sunday roast – with the warm weather forecast to last until next month before snow returns.
Unseasonably mild conditions are being swept in on Caribbean winds which will couple with glorious winter sunshine to create perfect BBQ weather for many on Sunday.
Sunshine will be enjoyed across the whole of England and Wales today, while it will be a slightly cloudier picture in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as this weather map for 3pm shows[/caption]
Temperatures will top 16C in parts today as the unseasonably warm weather continues, with this map showing the picture at 3pm Sunday[/caption]
The sunniest spells will be enjoyed across the whole of England and Wales.
Light cloud will affect parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland – which could see some light drizzle.
But even in these parts temperatures will sit comfortably in the mid-teens.
The latest Met Office forecast said: “Early fog and low cloud clearing during the morning, although more slowly across the north Midlands, Yorkshire and the east of Northern Ireland.
“Otherwise dry and largely sunny, and feeling very mild again in the sunshine. Colder on some coasts.”
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And an update from forecasters at Meteogroup UK said: “A cloudy morning for many with widespread mist and fog.
“However, it will become increasingly sunny in the late morning.
“The afternoon will be dry, mild and sunny for most, although mist and fog may linger for some North Sea and Irish Sea coasts.
“Drizzle is possible in Northern Ireland. Gentle winds.”
And the welcome warm weather is set to continue for at least the next ten days, forecasters say.
Sara Thornton, director of digital weather company Weathertrending told The Sun Online: “Temperatures may ease a touch later through the weekend, with fog patches keeping some spots a lot chillier.
“However early next week, records may again be threatened, as the air warms up again.
“And as the weeks go by the sun is getting every stronger, meaning higher temperatures become more likely.”
But after the surge in temperatures next week a cold snap is set to follow in the early days of March.
Eleanor Bell, meteorologist for The Weather Company, told The Sun Online: “Next week high pressure will be centred over the North Sea and will continue to bring dry and sunny weather to Britain with a south to south-easterly flow continuing to lift temperatures well above normal for the time of year.
“The confidence in the daily detail drops next week and there are both risks to slightly higher and lower temperatures.
“For the week commencing the 4th March we currently expect high pressure to gradually sink southwards bringing a return to lower pressure over Britain with cooler air from the north-west becoming entrained into the airflow resulting in a gradual decline in temperatures but still remaining on the warmer side of normal.”
Monday is due to beat the 16.6C February 25 record, with Met Office records stretching back to 1841.
February’s temperature record is 19.7C – set on February 13 1998 at Greenwich, South East London.
The more unsettled weather due to arrive in early March will see gales in northern parts of the country.
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Particularly Scotland could see the return of some snow.
The Met Office said: “By early March we are likely to see much more unsettled conditions as weather fronts bring stronger winds, gales and rain at times to all parts of the UK.
“It will also be a little colder than recently, with snow over some of the hills and mountains in the north.”
Light winds will help temperatures reach the balmy mid-teens today, as this 3pm weather map shows[/caption]
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