THE final week of winter will get off to a glorious start today amid 16C sunshine ahead of what could be the hottest February day EVER – but snow is coming.
Balmy conditions and clear skies for many on Monday will start off what’s lining up to be an exceptional warm weather spell to see off the season.
Met Office Balmy temperatures today will see the mercury hit 16C in places, according to this Met Office weather map for 3pm on Monday
But forecasters are warning enjoy the spring-like weather while you can as snow could return next month.
Unseasonably mild conditions swept in on Caribbean winds will couple with glorious winter sunshine across the whole of England and Wales today.
Further north it will be slightly cloudier – with the chance of brief outbreaks of rain in Scotland while remaining warm.
Some areas may even reach up to 17C or 18C – but Tuesday could see highs of 19C.
That would beat February’s current record of 19.7C recorded on February 13 1998 in Greenwich, South East London.
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In its latest Monday weather forecast, the Met Office said: “Early fog patches will soon clear, with sunny spells developing for many.
“The sunshine may stay hazy though, and mist may affect a few coastal areas.
“It will feel warm and spring-like for most, but chilly on some coasts.”
And forecasters at Meteogroup UK said: “It will be a dry day across the UK with the exception of some rain over northern Scotland this 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.”
Looking ahead to the warm weather in store this week, Sara Thornton, director of digital weather company Weathertrending told The Sun Online: “Records may be threatened as the air warms up again.”
“And as the week goes 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 at The Weather Company, said: “For the week commencing the 4th March we currently expect high pressure to gradually sink southwards.”
She added that this will bring “a return to lower pressure over Britain with cooler air from the north west.”
The more unsettled weather due to arrive in early March will see gales in northern parts of the country.
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Scotland in particular 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 Office England and Wales will bathe in sunshine at 3pm on Monday – while it will be a slightly cloudier picture in Scotland and Northern Ireland
Ventusky Warm air and light winds are shown sweeping over Britain at 3pm today
WXCharts Even hotter conditions are forecast for later in the week, with this map showing stifling heat sweeping in on Thursday
PA:Press Association Sunset over the Humber bridge last night after another exceptionally warm day
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