Sunseekers to bask in temperatures of 64F today with more sun aheadFebruary 24, 2019
Kick back and enjoy FIVE days of sunshine! Britons are to bask in temperatures of 64F today with UK’s unseasonably warm spell set to last into next week
- Britain is set for ‘five fine days’ of sunny and warm weather before it starts to get cooler again on Thursday
- There are some yellow fog warnings in place for start of today but it is expected to clear quickly to blue skies
- Yesterday Britain was hotter than Bermuda as the Met Office’s weekend forecast highs climbed to balmy 18C
- Met Office meteorologists said: ‘It’s pretty impressive considering we had Beast from East this time last year’
The UK is set to bask in five more fine days of warm temperatures and sunshine with some places expecting a balmy 18C later this afternoon.
Although patches of dense fog is expected in places such as in central England, the West Midlands and in some parts of Devon early today it should clear through the morning to bright blue skies.
Parts of Wales and North West England could even see a high of 18C today making it a beautiful day, in complete contrast to the end of the February last year when the country was in the grips of the Beast from the East.
A meteorologist at the Met Office told MailOnline: ‘On average temperatures will reach 14C today, with it being slightly cooler by coast, but some places will see highs of 18C making today a very nice end of February day.
Members of the public relax on the beach in Brighton and Hove as sunny weather hit the seaside resort yesterday afternoon
Daffodils have already started popping up in St James’s Park as two people eat lunch and make the most of the warm weather
Two yellow fog warnings are in place for parts of Devon and across the West Midlands into Yorkshire this morning
‘The weather is looking fine into next week with plenty of sunshine on the way. Britain can expect five fine days before things start to turn and it becomes a little cooler on Thursday.
‘This is in complete contrast to last February when the country was in the grips of the Beast from the East and there was snow on March 1.’
After soaking up the sun to end the weekend, some in the Western Isles and North of Scotland might see patches of rain tomorrow but it is not thought that this will be wide spread.
Many people further South or in the East of England might wake up to fog on the way to work tomorrow morning, but it should clear quite quickly.
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This morning the UK is warmer than Barcelona, where temperatures have hit 11C (51F) and is just as warm as Benidorm.
If highs of 64F (18C) are reached later today then Britain will be more than three times as warm as Athens in Greece where temperatures were in the single digits resting at 5C (41F) this morning.
Yesterday Britons basked in the unseasonably warm sun as temperatures hit highs of 70F (21C) – making the UK hotter than Bermuda.
Thick fog caused travel chaos and airport delays across Britain in the morning before the mist cleared and made way for a very warm weekend.
A jogger runs through a foggy Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning where it is expected to be foggy until lunchtime
Visitors to Cambridge make the most of the unseasonably warm weather yesterday by taking punts on the city’s famous rivers
A group of friends play volleyball on the beach in Bournemouth yesterday. The temperature there is twice what it was on the same date last year at a balmy 60F compared with last years 6C
The sunshine is expected to last for five days before temperatures become cooler again on Thursday and Friday
A couple out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge on Saturday and making the most of the unseasonably hot weather
A woman reads her book in St James’s Park yesterday morning as temperatures hit as high as 70F (21C)
People also took to the foreshore of the river Thames, in central London, as many parts of the UK enjoyed warm temperatures
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for fog in the south east and south west England and flights were grounded at London City airport.
Forecasters said the country would experience slower journey times with visibility below 100 metres until the mist lifted at around 10.30am.
Temperatures around the 70F mark are more than twice as high than average for February.
Forecasters say there will be ‘plenty of sunshine’ through to Sunday as an area of high pressure continues to dominate the UK.
On Saturday morning there was a 17 degree difference between the north of Scotland which remained and the south of England being colder.
Locals take to the beach in Bournemouth to soak up the unseasonably hot rays
Both tourists and locals took to Brighton Pier in their droves yesterday as temperatures soared to 70F
Seagulls flying in the fog in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington in north London. Thick fog caused travel chaos and airport delays across Britain yesterday before the mist cleared to make way for the warmest weekend of the year
Runners jog in thick fog in Finsbury Park, north London, yesterday before the fog lifted around mid morning
A man walks though fog on Blackheath, in south east London yesterday as a yellow weather warning for fog was been issued for parts of the south east and south west
Some parts of northwest Scotland remained above 14 C throughout Friday night – a temperature usually expected in during June in the daytime, forecasters say.
Daytrippers are rushing to beaches and congesting coastal roads including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool.
A Brighton beach spokesman said: ‘Visitors are in T-shirts. We’re busy.’
Supermarkets are set for an out-of-season ‘BBQ weekend’ rush for burgers, drinks and picnic food, while pub beer gardens reopened in winter.
Warm air is coming to Britain from Morocco, crossing Spain and France as air pollution levels hit high from today – triggering warnings for people with asthma, lung or heart problems and the elderly.
The mild weather is a marked contrast to the low temperatures and snow brought by the Beast from the East just 12 months ago.
On Saturday morning there was a 17 degree difference between the north of Scotland and the south of England being colder
A dog walker enjoys the early morning sunshine as the temperature rises at West Bay on the Dorset coast yesterday
Forecasters say there will be ‘plenty of sunshine’ through to Sunday as an area of high pressure continues to dominate the UK
Rowers take one of Bridport’s racing gigs out to sea from West Bay harbour in the early morning sunshine yesterday as the temperature rises at West Bay on the Dorset coast
There will also be a be a band of rain sweeping in from Northern Ireland and the West of Scotland with patchy rain coming in to Cumbria.
Met Office meteorologist Dean Hall said: ‘It’s exceptionally mild for the time of year. It’s pretty impressive bearing in mind this time last year we were talking about the Beast from the East. What a difference 12 months makes.’
Forecasters expect low cloud and fog affecting eastern, southern and central parts of England late on Friday to gradually clear overnight, giving way to sunny spells and dry conditions on Saturday afternoon.
Temperatures will be mild, possibly reaching highs of 65F – 70F in northern and western parts of Wales.
Northern Ireland and west Scotland will be also affected by a band of cloud and rain which will become light and patchy as it moves eastwards.
North-west Scotland could be windy and there is low risk of some coastal gales in the far north west.
A dog walker enjoys the early morning sunshine yesterday as the temperature rises at West Bay on the Dorset coast
A warm airstream is bringing exceptionally high temperatures to Britain this weekend, with hot air coming up from the Caribbean (left) while Aultbea peaked at 16.5C last night
A surfer heads for home at the Portland end of Chesil Beach, after a cold but sunny day’s surfing in Dorset yesterday
Two women stroll down the steep path to Chesil Beach, on a sunny but cold day for Portland in Dorset, UK yesterday
A surfer catches a wave off Chesil Beach, Portland, on a sunny but bitterly cold day in Dorset yesterday
The Met Office said a touch of frost could arrive in areas across the far north and the south east of England.
But from Sunday morning areas of cloud and fog will clear, bringing what is expected to be another dry day with the best of the sunshine being across the South East.
Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-teens, particularly in sheltered parts of north and west Wales, Devon and around the Moray Firth.
The settled, sunny and generally dry weather is set to continue across England and Wales into the earlier part of next week, with some overnight fog likely.
It may be windier and more changeable in the far north west.
The average temperatures in England for February 2019 so far stand at 9.2C (48.6F), against the normal average of 7.1C (44.8F).
The current figure places this month as the ninth-warmest February since records began in 1910.
But the all-time February record average daily temperature of 10.3C (50.5F), recorded in 1998, is in sight should the warm conditions continue.
The only areas likely to miss out on the sunshine, which will be hazy at times, are the far West, which could be cloudy with some patchy rain today FRI, and the far north-west of Scotland, where it could be wet and windy at times.
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