BRITONS are basking a 16C Sunday roast today and it could soar to 18C tomorrow as the February warm spell is set to continue for the next ten days.
This morning’s early fog was quickly burned off by blazing sunshine – and enjoy it while you can because forecasters say snow could return.
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
Bournemouth News Emily Brown and her son Maximus Ventura, four, go for a dip in the sea today in Bournemouth
Unseasonably mild conditions swept in on Caribbean winds will couple with glorious winter sunshine across the whole of England and Wales to create perfect barbecue weather for many.
Sun lovers hit the beach in Bournemouth today and runners had perfect conditions at the Brighton half-marathon.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said it could reach 16C in North Wales today, and up to 18C on Monday.
Light cloud was expected in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland – which could see some light drizzle – but even in these parts temperatures were forecast to sit comfortably in the low-teens.
It came after the Met Office issued yellow warnings for fog in the Midlands and South West that could have grounded flights and caused road and rail delays on Sunday morning.
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An update from forecasters at Meteogroup UK said this morning: “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.”
Met Office Temperatures will top 16C in parts today as the unseasonably warm weather continues – this map showing the picture at 3pm on Sunday
Met Office Most of England and Wales will see plenty of sunshine, with clouds in Scotland
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 likely to beat the 16.6C record for February 25, with Met Office records stretching back to 1841.
The record for the whole month 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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Scotland, particularly, 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.”
Met Desk Temperature chart shows the warm weather heading our way
Bournemouth News A sunbather makes the most of the gorgeous February weather today in Bournemouth
London News Pictures A steam train chuffs through sunny Goathland on the North Yorkshire Moors today
North News and Pictures The foggy River Tyne this morning in Newcastle
GEOFF ROBINSON. Dawn breaking over the misty Cambridgeshire fens
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