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TEMPERATURES will rise to highs of 18C over the coming days – meaning parts of England will be hotter than ROME.

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said mid-teen temperatures are expected to continue across the nation, which will seem “especially warm” following the recent freezing weather.

He said: “We’re getting milder and wetter air from the west causing warmer weather all round, but we’re a way off hitting a February record.”

The sunniest of the weather will hit London and the south east today, with an average temperature of 18C. Rome on the other hand will top out at 17C.

Bringing a freezing February to a distinctly mild end, the temperature rise will be felt across the UK – although nowhere will be warmer than the capital as the month draws to a close.

Meanwhile the North of the country and Scotland will see two days of Amber rain warnings with heavy showers anf strong winds expected.

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MET OFFICE LONG RANGE FORECAST FOR MARCH

The Met Office’s long range forecast for March says: “The UK will probably see a continuation of settled conditions during the beginning of March with predominantly dry weather likely across most areas.

“Later in the month a more mobile pattern may begin to develop with an increasing likelihood of Atlantic weather systems moving across the UK, bringing wetter conditions.

“The most unsettled conditions will likely be seen further north.

Strong winds may also develop at times, particularly in the northwest, with winds likely lighter overall in the southeast.

“Temperatures will probably be near normal or slightly above average for the time of year.”

HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE YEAR

Tomorrow will be the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching a balmy 18C in the southeast.

It comes after a month of freezing temperatures, with severe snowfall across the UK.

The UK’s coldest temperature for 65 years was recorded in Aberdeenshire when locals endured -23C.

BORIS’ CLIMATE WARNING

CLIMATE change is as big a threat to world peace as war, Boris Johnson will warn tomorrow.

The warming planet is driving insecurity across the globe, the PM will say.

He will tell the UN Security Council that warlords capitalise on the scramble for resources as extreme weather and hunger uproot communities.

Mr Johnson will add: “Unlike many issues the council deals with,  this is one we know exactly how to address.”

He will urge action to help vulnerable countries adapt to climate change, cut pollution and greenhouse gases and so protect biodiversity, prosperity and security.

SOUTH COULD GET AS WARM AS BARCELONA

The south of England could be as warm as sunny Barcelona this week with temperatures soaring to 18C.

Meanwhile the North of the country and Scotland will see two days of Amber rain warnings with heavy showers expected.

Read more here.

SCOTLAND COULD SEE UP TO 120MM OF RAINFALL

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said: “An area of low pressure to the north west of the UK will bring very wet and windy conditions to parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and north west England through the start of the week.

“Up to 120mm of rain could fall in a relatively short time, bringing the risk of flooding.

“An Amber weather warning is in force for parts of Scotland as well as further Yellow warnings for rain and wind.”

TEMPERATURES GET WARM AFTER COLD MONTH

The warm weather this week comes after a month of freezing temperatures, with severe snowfall across the UK.

The UK’s coldest temperature for 65 years was recorded in Aberdeenshire when locals endured -23C.

CROCUSES BLOOM

Seraphina Cawthorne enjoys the crocuses blooming at Knaresborough Castle in Yorkshire.

On Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while outlining the steps out of lockdown, said: “The crocus of hope is poking through the frost and spring is on its way both literally and metaphorically”.

Credit: PA:Press Association

SEVEN WEATHER WARNINGS

A total of SEVEN weather warnings are in place today – covering the entirety of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and parts of northern England.

Two amber warnings for rain will bring a deluge – and the Met Office has warned that fast-flowing and deep floodwater could cause a “danger to life.”

Flooding is expected, and some communities will be cut off because of flooded roads and transport cancellations.

Strong winds reaching up to 70mph will blast people living in Scotland, while 60mm of rain is expected to fall across the whole of Northern Ireland.

Scotland will be worst hit by the deluge, and 120mm of water is set to fall over a 36-hour period on Tuesday and Wednesday for areas including Perth, Stirling, and Dumfries and Galloway.

FEBRUARY RECORD

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said mid-teen temperatures are expected to continue across the nation, which will seem “especially warm” following the recent freezing weather.

He said: “We’re getting milder and wetter air from the west causing warmer weather all round, but we’re a way off hitting a February record.”

DANGER TO LIFE WARNING FOR SCOTLAND/NORTH ENGLAND

The Met Office has warned that Wednesday will bring persistent wet weather in north England and Scotland.

There is a “small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads”, and fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause danger to life, it adds.

Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely.

WEDNESDAY’S TEMP TO SOAR TO 18C!

The weather remains very mild during the coming days, but there will be heavy rain in the north and west, forecasts the Weather Outlook.

Its website adds that “tomorrow, temperatures could reach an exceptional 18C (64F) locally, in the southern half of the UK.

“By the weekend, high pressure will be building northwards and bringing increasingly settled weather.”

Brits can look forward to balmy weather this week

SPLASHING PEDESTRIANS IS ILLEGAL

A consequence of rain is puddles and with it the inevitable splash onto the pavements.

Splashing pedestrians purposefully is actually illegal. It is an offence to drive “without reasonable consideration for other persons” which includes the deliberate splashing of a pedestrian or even a cyclist. 

For doing so you can be prosecuted under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 for careless, aggressive or inconsiderate behaviour on the road.

The penalty for which is a £100 fixed penalty notice and three points on your licence.

However, this fine could be raised to £5000 if you were deemed to be driving in a way that “amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience, and aggressiveness”.

UK TO CONTINUE TO ENJOY MID-TEEN TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE WEEK

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said mid-teen temperatures are expected to continue across the nation, which will seem “especially warm” following the recent freezing weather.

He said: “We’re getting milder and wetter air from the west causing warmer weather all round, but we’re a way off hitting a February record.”

Tomorrow will see the sunniest of the weather hit London and the south east.

COLOURFUL SKY

Saharan dust caused colourful sunsets and sunrises across the UK this morning.

The dust was brought across the UK by high level winds, the Met Office said.

Credit: Paul Marriott

ODDS SLASHED ON WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD

Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on this March being the wettest since records began to just 2-1 (from 4-1), as many parts of the UK were hit with flood warnings as February enters its final week.

“Temperatures are on the rise but the threat of rain remains on the horizon. We’ve cut our odds on next month being the wettest March since records began,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

Coral make this spring odds on already, at 4-5, to be the warmest ever recorded in the UK with temperatures set to continue to rise as March begins.

“The outlook temperature wise remains pleasant and we make it odds on that Brits have their warmest spring on record, with fingers crossed and hopes high for some cracking weather through April and May,” added Aitkenhead.

TIPS TO DRIVE SAFELY IN HEAVY RAIN

Keith Hawes, director at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, has put together a few tips for driving in heavy rain – from preparation before setting off to things to look out for while on the road.

Double your stopping distance
Wiper blades
Tyre treads
Use your lights
Avoid areas known to flood
 Fully defog (demist) your windshield and windows
Remember that splashing pedestrians is illegal

WEDNESDAY WEATHER

Further rain on Wednesday across Wales, south-west England, northern England and southern Scotland which will be heavy and persistent at times.

Mostly cloudy across Scotland and Northern Ireland with showers in the west.

Sunny spells for southern and eastern England and north-east Scotland

TONIGHT’S FORECAST

Rain and strong winds are to continue across many northern and western areas.

Remaining dry and mild in the southeast.

PICTURED: BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE AT TYNEMOUTH, NORTH SHIELDS

Credit: Cover Images

BORIS’ CLIMATE WARNING

CLIMATE change is as big a threat to world peace as war, Boris Johnson will warn tomorrow.

The warming planet is driving insecurity across the globe, the PM will say.

He will tell the UN Security Council that warlords capitalise on the scramble for resources as extreme weather and hunger uproot communities.

Mr Johnson will add: “Unlike many issues the council deals with,  this is one we know exactly how to address.”

He will urge action to help vulnerable countries adapt to climate change, cut pollution and greenhouse gases and so protect biodiversity, prosperity and security.

AS BALMY AS BARCA

THE SOUTH of England could be as warm as sunny Barcelona this week with temperatures soaring to 18C.

Meanwhile the North of the country and Scotland will see two days of Amber rain warnings with heavy showers expected.

Brits in the South were treated to a balmy weekend with the mercury hitting as high as 16C in parts of London, and the warm weather is set to continue.

WET AND WINDY

IT will be wet and windy today, with the blustery conditions shifting east across the north.

There will be heavy rain and severe gales in places.

Further south and east, it will be drier, brighter, and locally very mild.

DANGER TO LIFE WARNING FOR HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING IN SCOTLAND AND NORTH

Scotland and parts of the north will have to endure heavy downfalls of rain with amber and yellow warnings in place.

The Met Office has warned there could be danger to life until midday on Wednesday with fast flowing and deep floodwater likely.

Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings and there is a good chance some communities will be cut off by flooded roads.

Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are expected with flooding leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

Scotland will be worst hit by the deluge, and 120mm of water is set to fall over a 36-hour period on Tuesday and Wednesday for areas including Perth, Stirling, and Dumfries and Galloway.

BRIT BEACHES GET TRIPADVISOR AWARD

TRIPADVISOR has revealed the best beaches in the world for 2021 – and two in the UK have made the list for Europe.

Bournemouth beach and Porthminster beach in St Ives made the top ten, coming in at 5th and 10th, respectively.

This is up from sixth place in TripAdvisor’s 2019 awards.

Perranporth Beach came in 16th place while Scarborough’s Filey Beach ranked 18th.

Beaches are ranked over 12 months, factoring in reviews and ratings for each beach, as well as “saves” from TripAdvisor users, due to the lack of travel due to the pandemic.

HAYFEVER TRIGGERS

Seasonal weather could 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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