Weather forecast today LIVE – UK to feel like MAY this week, Met Office says as temperatures soar to a balmy 17C

BRITAIN will mask in May-like temperatures this week as the mercury soars to 17C.

Parts of England will be hotter than Barcelona and Rome during the highs – and according to the Met Office it will feel "especially warm" coming so soon after the dramatic cold snap earlier in the month.

The warmer weather will mark the first signs of spring after an especially bleak winter blighted by lockdown restrictions and some of the coldest days the UK has suffered in decades.

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said "A few days of milder temperatures are forecast… It will be a noticeable change from what we've had in recent weeks."

Highs of 17C are unusual for February and are even considerably above the May average, which is 14.8C for the UK overall and 15.8C for England.

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

  • Claudia Aoraha

    PLACES IN WALES AFFECTED BY SEVERE RAIN

    Here are the locations in Wales which will be hit my torrential rain today:

    • Conwy
    • Gwynedd
    • Isle of Anglesey
    • Powys

    WEATHER WARNINGS TODAY

    There are two yellow weather warnings in place today, affecting Cumbria and Wales.

    CLOUD TOMORROW

    TOMORROW, there will be cloud and outbreaks of rain before it eventually clears the southeast.

     Elsewhere, there will be sunny spells and it will be mainly dry, but there will be showers across northwest Scotland. 

    It will be windy in the far north.

    • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

      PATCHY RAIN TONIGHT 

      THERE will be rain moving southeastwards across England and Wales tonight.

      The rain will turn to be light patchy. 

      Later on, the weather will be clearer, with some frost. There will be showers across far northwest.

    • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

      RAIN ACROSS CENTRAL AND WESTERN AREAS

      A BAND of rain will sweep across central and western areas today.

      The downpour will be heavy over hilly areas.

      Elsewhere, it will be dry but quite windy with scattered blustery showers in far northwest.

    • Patrick Knox

      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, 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.

    • Patrick Knox

      TODAY’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.

    • Patrick Knox

      ODDS SLASHED ON WETTEST MARCH EVER

      Bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on this March being the wettest since records began to just 2-1 (from 4-1), as many parts of the UK were hit with flood warnings as February enters its final week.

      Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “Temperatures are on the rise but the threat of rain remains on the horizon. 

      “We’ve cut our odds on next month being the wettest March since records began.

      “Coral makes this spring odds on already, at 4-5, to be the warmest ever recorded in the UK with temperatures set to continue to rise as March begins.

      “The outlook temperature-wise remains pleasant and we make it odds on that Brits have their warmest spring on record, with fingers crossed and hopes high for some cracking weather through April and May.”

    • Patrick Knox

      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”.

    • Patrick Knox

      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.

    • Patrick Knox

      PICTURED: HYDE PARK EARLIER TODAY

      Forecasters predict a warm and sunny week ahead with highs of 17c in the South EastCredit: London News Pictures
    • Patrick Knox

      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.

    • Patrick Knox

      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."

    • Patrick Knox

      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.”

    • Patrick Knox

      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.

    • Patrick Knox

      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.

    • Patrick Knox

      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."

    • Patrick Knox

      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.

    • Patrick Knox

      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

      • Patrick Knox

        TONIGHT’S FORECAST

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

        Remaining dry and mild in the southeast.

      • Sarah Grealish

        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.

      • Sarah Grealish

        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.

      • Sarah Grealish

        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.

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