UK hot weather forecast: 18C mini heatwave sees spring hit Britain TODAY – charts turn red

BBC Weather: UK set for milder temperatures and showers

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Warm conditions are expected over the next few days, in stark contrast to the freezing temperatures and snow showers seen at the start of the month. The mercury has started to edge into the early teens, with the latest weather maps forecasting highs of 16C or even 17C later this afternoon.

Temperature maps by WXCharts show the UK turn a deep red today, as the mercury soars.

At 6am this morning much of England was covered by a dark red, indicating where warmer temperatures than usual were expected.

By 6pm the chart shows Scotland and the north of England will see temperatures drop slightly, while the warmer temperatures will be felt in the midlands and northern England.

The south of England will see the warm conditions continue.

Maps by WXCharts forecast highs of 16C in the east of England.

Temperature charts by Netweather show the mercury is expected to reach highs of 17C in East Anglia by 6pm today.

Huge swathes of England will see temperatures range between 13-15C, while further north the mercury could dip below 10C.

Netweather forecasters predict temperatures could even surge to 18C on Wednesday afternoon.

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Senior forecast Nick Finnis said: “Further south and east, much of central, southern and eastern England will have a dry and bright day, with sunny spells, though with a fair bit of high cloud making sunshine hazy.

“Very mild for late February, temperatures reaching 13-15C widely across England and Wales, 16-17C across eastern England, perhaps reaching 18C with some sunshine.”

Met Office forecasters predict temperatures could jump to 17C today as the south east is set for “very mild” conditions.

Met Office Meteorologist Alek Deakin said Northern Ireland can expect sunny spells and mild conditions on Wednesday.

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He added: “Much of the Midlands and eastern England it is also a fine and bright day once more.”

He continued: “Temperatures will start mild and by the afternoon temperatures really jumping up, 15, 16, 17 is possible over eastern England.”

Mr Deakin said Thursday night will bring another “mild night” with “temperatures mostly staying well above freezing”.

Though he cautioned temperatures could be a little cooler further north, at about 6C.

The mild temperatures look set to continue through Thursday, with the mercury setting to peak in the early teens.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are expected to be a little cooler, with temperatures averaging at about 6C.

But the cold snap is set to be short-lived, with warm conditions forecast for Tuesday March 2.

BBC’s forecast for Wednesday reads: “A few showers will continue in northern Scotland.

“Western areas of the UK will see further rain. Drier further south and east with the best of any hazy sunshine in the southeast. A very mild day.”

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