Britain ‘hotter than Turkey’ but heavy rain and frosts to spoil start of springMarch 21, 2019
Britons should make the most of the unusually mild weather because rain and overnight frosts are about to bring an end to the warm spell.
Temperatures have been eight to ten degrees above normal for this time of year, hitting 19.4C in Sheffield on Wednesday, the first day of spring.
Warm sunshine is expected on Thursday, along with temperatures in the mid to high teens – making the UK warmer than parts of Turkey – but wet and windy conditions will take over on Friday.
Blustery showers are likely through the weekend and it will feel "fresher" than of late, with overnight frosts, according to the Met Office.
Thursday will be cloudier than Wednesday, but there will still be some warm sunshine at times, especially to the east of high ground, the forecaster said.
Northwest Scotland will be hit by outbreaks of occasionally heavy rain.
Temperatures could hit 18C, double the normal temperature for this time of year.
The average maximum temperature for the UK in March is 8.9C.
Eastern parts of the country, which are sheltered from westerly winds, are likely to see the best of the sunshine and warmer weather
In the evening, the rain will linger in northwest Scotland and gales are possible.
It will be largely cloudy elsewhere with some drizzle over western hills.
On Friday, rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland will move into northern England and Wales later, the Met Office said.
Blustery showers will hit Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Similar conditions are expected in the north on Saturday and there will be overnight frosts at the weekend.
The highest temperature of the year so far is 21.2C, recorded last month in Kew, southwest London.
The highest March temperature on record is 25.6C in Cambridgeshire in 1968.
Met Office five-day weather forecast
It will be a cloudier day than on Wednesday, however there will still be some warm sunshine at times, especially to the east of high ground.
There will be further outbreaks of occasionally heavy rain in northwest Scotland though.
The rain will linger in northwest Scotland, where it will become windy, with gales possible.
Elsewhere it will be largely cloudy, with some drizzle over western hills.
Rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland will reach northern England and Wales later.
Blustery showers will arrive in Northern Ireland and Scotland, with some brightness elsewhere.
Saturday to Monday
Patchy rain in the south clearing Saturday, with some blustery showers in the north.
Feeling a little fresher than of late through the weekend, with overnight frosts.
More settled Monday.
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