Britain set for warmer blast with temperatures to hit 17C

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People walk by daffodils at St Nicholas' Park in Warwick. Picture date: Monday March 14, 2022. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
People walk by daffodils at St Nicholas' Park in Warwick on Monday. (PA Images via Getty Images)

The UK is set to enjoy a mini-heatwave later this week as spring finally brings some warm weather.

The Met Office said temperatures could reach as high as 17C at the end of the week and into the weekend.

It follows a wet and windy February, in which the country was blasted by three storms; Storm Dudley, Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin.

On Tuesday, temperatures hit 16.2C in Northolt, west London - higher than the Costa Brava in Spain and Athens.

Met Office forecaster Richard Miles told Yahoo News UK that temperatures will be “slightly above average” for this time of year in the coming days after some rain on Wednesday.

A carpet of crocuses at the National Trust's Wallington Hall near the village of Cambo in Northumberland, as spring time tempertures begin to rise. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2022.
A carpet of crocuses at the National Trust's Wallington Hall near the village of Cambo in Northumberland, last Thursday. (Getty Images)

“There’s going to be for a lot of places some nice fine spring weather from Thursday onwards,” he said.

“We are going to see generally more settled weather, with temperatures of 15C and 16C - and possibly a maximum of 17 - towards the end of the week.

A kite surfer enjoys the windy conditions on the sea in Camber, East Sussex. Picture date: Saturday March 12, 2022.
A kite surfer enjoys the windy conditions on the sea in Camber, East Sussex, on Saturday. (PA)
The temperature forecast map for the UK on Saturday afternoon shows highs of 15c in the north-west - but the Met Office said temperatures could reach 17c in parts of the UK. (Met Office)
The temperature forecast map for the UK on Saturday afternoon shows highs of 15c in the north-west - but the Met Office said temperatures could reach 17c in parts of the UK. (Met Office)

“There will be fairly widespread temperatures of 15C and 16C on Friday and maybe 17C in the south east.

“On Saturday, there will be more temperatures of around 15C and 16C and maybe up to 17C again. Sunday will be a bit cooler.”

The warm weather will arrive courtesy of a high pressure system.

On Monday, Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “That high pressure looks likely to bring most of us a fine day on Friday and the high could continue to bring us fine weather into the weekend.

“With high pressure sitting right across the UK, that means generally fine and sunny conditions”.

However, it could be breezy in some areas, particularly in the north west of the country where some showery rain is also possible.

A Labrador runs by daffodils at St Nicholas' Park in Warwick. Picture date: Monday March 14, 2022. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
A Labrador runs by daffodils at St Nicholas' Park in Warwick on Monday. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Heavy showers are forecast in some places in the UK on Wednesday.

But that rain will clear for many by Thursday, when a drier and warmer trend is set to kick off that could last for the rest of the month.

The Met Office said that next week “high pressure is likely to dominate”, meaning “temperatures (are) expected to be mild to very mild for most” while the “sunniest weather is expected to be in the south and east”.

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