BRITS could bask in the hottest February day EVER next week with temperatures reaching highs of 19C – as the warm spell continues for the next ten days.
Blazing sunshine covered the UK today – but forecasters are warning enjoy the spring-like weather while you can as snow could return.
Spring-like weather and sunshine will be enjoyed across the whole of England and Wales tomorrow, while it could hit 19C on Tuesday in North West Wales
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.
Some areas will reach up to 17C or 18C tomorrow – but Tuesday could see highs of 19C that will beat February’s current record of 19.7C on February 13, 1998, in Greenwich, London.
Wales today smashed its current record of 18.6C in 1990 as the mercury nudged 18.8C in Gogerddan in Cardiganshire.
And Scotland smashed its 1897 record on Thursday for the hottest February day as temperatures reached 18.3C.
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 up to 18C on Monday but a yellow weather warning for fog is in place between 8pm tonight and 10am tomorrow.
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Meteogroup UK said: “It will be a dry day across the UK with the exception of some rain over northern Scotland [Monday] morning. This rain could last into the afternoon.
“There will be clear skies in the south of England and a mix of bright and sunny spells elsewhere.
“There will be warm temperatures and a south westerly wind.
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 soared across the UK today
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.”
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
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Apex News A walker enjoys the spring feeling in Sidmouth in Devon this afternoon
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North News and Pictures The foggy River Tyne this morning in Newcastle
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