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Met Office weather forecast today – UK will feel as mild as May’as Sahara heat bomb sends temperatures to highs of 18C

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Feb 24, 2021

TEMPERATURES will rocket to highs of 18C over the coming days —meaning parts of England will be hotter than Barcelona.

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said mid-teen temperatures are expected to continue across the nation, which will seem “especially warm” following the recent bone-chilling weather.

He said: “We’re getting milder and wetter air from the west causing warmer weather all round, but we’re a way off hitting a February record.”

The sunniest of the weather will hit London and the south east today, with an average temperature of 18C. Rome on the other hand will top out at 17C.

Bringing a freezing February to a distinctly mild end, the temperature rise will be felt across the UK – although nowhere will be warmer than the capital as the month draws to a close.

Meanwhile the North of the country and Scotland will see two days of Amber rain warnings with heavy showers anf strong winds expected.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • PICTURED: CROCUSES BLOOM

    Seraphina Cawthorne enjoys the crocuses blooming at Knaresborough Castle in Yorkshire.

    On Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while outlining the steps out of lockdown, said: “The crocus of hope is poking through the frost and spring is on its way both literally and metaphorically”.

  • TOMORROW NIGHT

    It will continue cloudy during the evening with outbreaks of rain across northern and western regions which will turn increasingly light and patchy. 

    Overnight will be mostly dry with a few spots of light rain or drizzle for northern England and Wales. 

    Dry elsewhere with clear spells developing.

  • PICTURED: HYDE PARK EARLIER TODAY

    Forecasters predict a warm and sunny week ahead with highs of 17c in the South East
    Forecasters predict a warm and sunny week ahead with highs of 17c in the South EastCredit: London News Pictures
  • BALMY AS BARCA

    Southern England could be as warm as sunny Barcelona this week with temperatures soaring to 18C.

    Meanwhile, the North of the country and Scotland will see two days of Amber rain warnings with heavy showers expected.

    Brits in the South were treated to a balmy weekend with the mercury hitting as high as 16C in parts of London, and the warm weather is set to continue.

  • WEDNESDAY’S TEMP TO SOAR TO 18C!

    The weather remains very mild during the coming days, but there will be heavy rain in the north and west, forecasts the Weather Outlook.

    Its website adds that “tomorrow, temperatures could reach an exceptional 18C (64F) locally, in the southern half of the UK.

    “By the weekend, high pressure will be building northwards and bringing increasingly settled weather.”

  • MET OFFICE LONG RANGE FORECAST FOR MARCH

    The Met Office’s long-range forecast for March says: “The UK will probably see a continuation of settled conditions during the beginning of March with predominantly dry weather likely across most areas.

    “Later in the month a more mobile pattern may begin to develop with an increasing likelihood of Atlantic weather systems moving across the UK, bringing wetter conditions.

    “The most unsettled conditions will likely be seen further north.

    Strong winds may also develop at times, particularly in the northwest, with winds likely lighter overall in the southeast.

    “Temperatures will probably be near normal or slightly above average for the time of year.”

  • WHAT ARE THE TEMPERATURES LIKE LATER THIS WEEK?

    More sunshine is predicted for the end of the working week, with sunshine and mild temperatures again reaching up to 15C (59F) across the UK.

    Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: “It will feel more like spring, especially in the sunshine.”

    The mild weather comes three weeks after fresh snowfall and sub-zero temperatures across much of the UK.

  • TOMORROW’S PREDICTED HIGHS 

    They are well above the UK average maximum temperature for February, which stands at 6.6C (43.9F).

    In fact, 17C (62.6F) will eclipse the average maximum temperature for May, which is 14.8C (58.6F) for the UK, and 15.8C (60.4F) for England.

    The rain is forecast to move down across the UK from Wednesday into Thursday, but is likely to clear by Friday.

  • ALL CHANGE

    Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: “A few days of milder temperatures are forecast.

    “Through the week we’re into double figures (in Celsius) for many places, including parts of Scotland.

    “It will be a noticeable change from what we’ve had in recent weeks.

    “It will feel more like spring, especially in the sunshine.”

  • UK ‘WILL FEEL AS MILD AS MAY’ AS WARM WEATHER ARRIVES THIS WEEK

    Forecasters are predicting “the first signs of spring” will be felt across much of the UK in the coming days, with some places experiencing weather more like May than February.

    Highs of up to 17C (62.6F) are predicted for Norfolk and Cambridgeshire on Wednesday, with the mercury rising to around 15C (59F) or 16C (60.8F) across parts of South East and central England.

    While much of Scotland, Northern Ireland and part of North Wales have been braced to expect heavy rain, the rest of the UK has been told to expect mild and often dry conditions.

  • TIPS TO DRIVE SAFELY IN HEAVY RAIN

    Keith Hawes, director at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, has put together tips for driving in heavy rain – from preparation before setting off to things to look out for while on the road.

    • Double your stopping distance
    • Wiper blades
    • Tyre treads
    • Use your lights
    • Avoid areas known to flood
    •  Fully defog (demist) your windshield and windows
    • Remember that splashing pedestrians is illegal
  • TOMORROW NIGHT

    It will continue cloudy during the evening with outbreaks of rain across northern and western regions which will turn increasingly light and patchy. 

    Overnight will be mostly dry with a few spots of light rain or drizzle for northern England and Wales. 

    Dry elsewhere with clear spells developing.

  • TOMORROW MORNING

    There’ll be further cloud and rain is expected in western and northern England, Wales, and southern parts of Scotland. 

    It will be drier and brighter across eastern England, Northern Ireland and north-eastern Scotland with spells of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud.

    Strong winds, but mild

  • TONIGHT’S FORECAST

    Rain and strong winds are to continue across many northern and western areas.

    Remaining dry and mild in the southeast.

  • HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE YEAR

    Tomorrow will be the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching a balmy 18C in the southeast.

    It comes after a month of freezing temperatures, with severe snowfall across the UK.

    The UK’s coldest temperature for 65 years was recorded in Aberdeenshire when locals endured -23C.

  • BORIS’ CLIMATE WARNING

    CLIMATE change is as big a threat to world peace as war, Boris Johnson will warn tomorrow.

    The warming planet is driving insecurity across the globe, the PM will say.

    He will tell the UN Security Council that warlords capitalise on the scramble for resources as extreme weather and hunger uproot communities.

    Mr Johnson will add: “Unlike many issues the council deals with,  this is one we know exactly how to address.”

    He will urge action to help vulnerable countries adapt to climate change, cut pollution and greenhouse gases and so protect biodiversity, prosperity and security.

  • SOUTH COULD GET AS WARM AS BARCELONA

    The south of England could be as warm as sunny Barcelona this week with temperatures soaring to 18C.

    Meanwhile the North of the country and Scotland will see two days of Amber rain warnings with heavy showers expected.

    Read more here.

  • SCOTLAND COULD SEE UP TO 120MM OF RAINFALL

    Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said: “An area of low pressure to the north west of the UK will bring very wet and windy conditions to parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and north west England through the start of the week.

    “Up to 120mm of rain could fall in a relatively short time, bringing the risk of flooding.

    “An Amber weather warning is in force for parts of Scotland as well as further Yellow warnings for rain and wind.”

  • TEMPERATURES GET WARM AFTER COLD MONTH

    The warm weather this week comes after a month of freezing temperatures, with severe snowfall across the UK.

    The UK’s coldest temperature for 65 years was recorded in Aberdeenshire when locals endured -23C.

  • CROCUSES BLOOM

    Seraphina Cawthorne enjoys the crocuses blooming at Knaresborough Castle in Yorkshire.

    On Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while outlining the steps out of lockdown, said: “The crocus of hope is poking through the frost and spring is on its way both literally and metaphorically”.

    Credit: PA:Press Association

     

  • SEVEN WEATHER WARNINGS

    A total of SEVEN weather warnings are in place today – covering the entirety of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and parts of northern England.

    Two amber warnings for rain will bring a deluge – and the Met Office has warned that fast-flowing and deep floodwater could cause a “danger to life.”

    Flooding is expected, and some communities will be cut off because of flooded roads and transport cancellations.

    Strong winds reaching up to 70mph will blast people living in Scotland, while 60mm of rain is expected to fall across the whole of Northern Ireland.

    Scotland will be worst hit by the deluge, and 120mm of water is set to fall over a 36-hour period on Tuesday and Wednesday for areas including Perth, Stirling, and Dumfries and Galloway.

  • FEBRUARY RECORD

    Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said mid-teen temperatures are expected to continue across the nation, which will seem “especially warm” following the recent freezing weather.

    He said: “We’re getting milder and wetter air from the west causing warmer weather all round, but we’re a way off hitting a February record.”

  • DANGER TO LIFE WARNING FOR SCOTLAND/NORTH ENGLAND

    The Met Office has warned that Wednesday will bring persistent wet weather in north England and Scotland.

    There is a “small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads”, and fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause danger to life, it adds.

    Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely.

  • WEDNESDAY’S TEMP TO SOAR TO 18C!

    The weather remains very mild during the coming days, but there will be heavy rain in the north and west, forecasts the Weather Outlook.

    Its website adds that “tomorrow, temperatures could reach an exceptional 18C (64F) locally, in the southern half of the UK.

    “By the weekend, high pressure will be building northwards and bringing increasingly settled weather.”

    Brits can look forward to balmy weather this week
    Brits can look forward to balmy weather this week
  • SPLASHING PEDESTRIANS IS ILLEGAL

    A consequence of rain is puddles and with it the inevitable splash onto the pavements.

    Splashing pedestrians purposefully is actually illegal. It is an offence to drive “without reasonable consideration for other persons” which includes the deliberate splashing of a pedestrian or even a cyclist. 

    For doing so you can be prosecuted under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 for careless, aggressive or inconsiderate behaviour on the road.

    The penalty for which is a £100 fixed penalty notice and three points on your licence.

    However, this fine could be raised to £5000 if you were deemed to be driving in a way that “amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience, and aggressiveness”.



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