18C highs tomorrow will make Britain feel more like May than February in warmest day of year so farFebruary 24, 2021
THE UK will feel as mild as May as warmer weather arrives this week.
Temperatures are set to hit highs of 18C tomorrow – making it the hottest day of the year so far.
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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 are predicted for Norfolk and Cambridgeshire on Wednesday, with the mercury rising to around 16C across parts of South East and central England.
But there will be a north-south divide as Scotland and parts of northern England are lashed with two days of amber rain warnings.
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.
Flooding is expected, and some communities will be cut off because of flooded roads and transport cancellations.
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."
Wednesday's predicted highs are well above the UK average maximum temperature for February, which stands at 6.6C.
In fact, 17C will eclipse the average maximum temperature for May, which is 14.8C for the UK, and 15.8C for England.
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 working week, with sunshine and 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.
But the warm weather in the south is not all good news as the un-seasonal weather may also cause a spot of bother for hayfever sufferers as the above average temperatures could trigger an increase in pollen levels.
The National Pollen Monitoring Network based at the University of Worcester forecasts fungal spores will be moderate to high until next week.
Dr Beverley Adams-Groom, chief pollen forecaster, at the NPMN, said: "At this time of year, we usually see hazel and alder tree pollen coming into peak season.
"The pollen is released during mild weather in dry and breezy conditions like those we are experiencing at the moment and which will continue over the coming week.
"The minority of hay fever sufferers who are affected by these pollen types are likely to be affected."
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