THE UK will see one final day of hot sunshine before temperatures plummet tomorrow according to the Met Office- with more snow forecast for the end of next week.
After record-breaking February weather, highs of 20C will be followed by thunderstorms later in the week as the forecast takes a dreary turn.
The Met Offic says today’s weather will be sunny with possible highs of 20C before thunderstorms bring wet and windy weather to the UK
Brits will enjoy one more day of record-breaking February weather today
This map shows snowfall over the UK on Thursday of next week
Weather maps show there will be widespread snow cover next week, with up to 5cm falling on Thursday March 3.
The whole of Scotland will be covered in the white stuff with the north of England, West Midlands and North wales also blanketed.
Met Office meteorologist Bonnie Diamond told the Sun Online: “We are seeing a change in weather over the next 24 hours.“High pressure has brought mild temperatures and dry weather to the UK but as we speak the high pressure is breaking down.“We will have a return to westerly winds and low pressure typical for this time of year.“So it won’t be as warm as it has been this week and there will be spells of rain and wind.“With the switchback to westerly mobiles, there is a chance some areas could see some hill snow.“From Monday there’s a chance northern parts of the countries will see snow and sleet in hilly areas.“As we lose the warmer temperatures, areas over high ground can become cold enough for snow to form.”
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said some parts of southern and western England could be facing thunder on Thursday.
“Tomorrow will be pretty sunny again for most places,” he said on Tuesday evening.
“There might be a little bit of mist and fog around to start with but that should largely clear.
“It won’t be quite as exceptionally warm so I don’t think we will break the record we have reached today.”
Britain basked in its hottest winter day on record on Tuesday when the mercury hit 21.2C (69.4F) in Kew Gardens, London.
But the incredibly warm weather saw a huge blaze breaking out on the side of a mountain in Betws Yn Rhos in North Wales.
Firefighters also had to battle a wildfire which had broken out at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, best known as the setting of A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh.
Huge fires also broke out in Edinburgh and crews were battling a fierce blaze in Saddleworth Moor late into Tuesday.
Crews said the ground is drier because of the unusual warm weather which could result in a number of outdoor fires this week.
Massive fire breaks out on Saddleworth Moor sparking huge wall of flames near homes
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The high of 21.2C followed a record of 20.6C (68.5F) at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, West Wales, on Monday, which beat the previous high in 1998 of 19.7C (67.4F) in Greenwich, south-east London.
Mr Burkill said temperatures will cool slightly on Thursday, but remain in the mid-teens, with a chance of heavy showers.
“Those (showers will be) most widespread in the south and west and some of those could be quite heavy, maybe even the odd rumble of thunder mixed in,” he said.
Friday and Saturday are expected to be largely dry but cloudy with the chance of a few scattered showers.
Mr Burkill added: “For many Saturday is not looking too bad but a weather system is likely to come in, affecting particularly northern parts of the UK.”
Weather forecast for February 27th 2019 – Scorching temperatures continue with sunshine throughout the UK
Experts have said climate change has played a role in the unusually warm February temperatures.
Met Office climate spokesman Grahame Madge said: “Climate change has made what would have already been an extremely warm event even warmer and is probably responsible for tipping it over the 20C threshold.”
Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said the temperatures were “consistent with the clear climate change signal that we are seeing in the UK”.
Last February, when Britain was hit by the Beast from the East, the warmest temperature recorded was 14.2C (57.6F) in Cardiff Bute Park, South Glamorgan.
Alamy Live News Snow is set to return to the UK at the end of next week, this image shows Haslingden in East Lancashire, during the last dump of snow in January
Fires at the Lizard in Cornwall as the heatwave dries vegetation
2018 Freelance Photos North Wales www.fpnw.co.uk 07977101297. Images are supplied for Sing Some were able to enjoy the weather, such as these children on the beach in Colwyn Bay, North Wales
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