Londoners are set to enjoy soaring temperatures with highs of 17C as weather forecasters predict the ‘first signs of spring’.
Temperatures are expected to rocket with the mercury set to reach peaks not yet seen since the start of 2021 and the bitter cold of recent months reports the MirrorOnline.
It’s just the news Londoners have been waiting for after weeks of snow and freezing temperatures.
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Today’s (February 24) predicted highs are well above the UK average maximum temperature for February, which stands at 6.6C.
London will see temperatures at around 16C the high, with temperatures not dropping below 10C.
Highs of up to 17C are predicted for Norfolk and Cambridgeshire today with the mercury rising to up to 16C across parts of the South East and Central England.
In fact, 17C will eclipse the average maximum temperature for May, which is 14.8C for the UK, and 15.8C for England.
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.”
Forecasters have said warmer temperatures will be felt across much of the UK in the coming days, with some places experiencing weather more like May than February.
Despite the warmer climate there are still a string of severe weather warnings in place for rain as well as predictions for flooding.
The rain is forecast to move down across the UK from Wednesday into Thursday, but is likely to clear by Friday.
More sunshine is predicted for the end of the week, with mild temperatures again reaching up to 15C across the UK.
Mr 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.
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UK 5 day weather forecast
Band of rain across central and western areas, locally heavy over hills. Dry elsewhere but rather windy with scattered blustery showers in far northwest. Very mild across southeast.
Rain moving southeastwards across England and Wales, turning light/patchy. Clearer weather following with frost in shelter; and showers across far northwest. Winds easing.
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Cloud and outbreaks of rain eventually clearing the southeast. Elsewhere, sunny spells and mainly dry, though showers across northwest Scotland. Windy in the far north.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Outbreaks of rain in the northwest on Friday, otherwise turning increasingly dry and settled with variable amounts of cloud. Temperatures near average to mild with some overnight frosts.