Warmer than the Med! UK feels spring blast before snow returns

Many parts of the UK saw snow last weekend, however this week there's a burst of warm spring-like weather as a blast of Caribbean air moves in.

Temperatures could reach 17C in some parts of Britain on Monday, with many seeing the mercury hit 14C.

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The rise in temperatures, thanks to a warm air mass coming over from Florida and the Caribbean, could see parts of the UK hotter than some Mediterranean holiday locations like Majorca on Monday.

Speaking to the Standard, Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: "The average maximums in the north are 6C or 7C (42.8F or 44.6F) for this time of year, but we are looking at 15C or 16C (59F or 60.8F) in a few spots."

He added that it was unlikely we'd beat the all-time record for February, which is 19.7C (67.5F) recorded on 13 February 1998 in Greenwich, south east London.

A Met Office spokesman also told the Metro: "Temperatures will climb in the south to 16°C (on Monday), with a small chance of 17°C in London and parts of East Anglia."

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The south should see mild weather all week and into the weekend.

However, experts are suggesting we make the most of the warm spell as gales could set in next week, while March could see a return of freezing conditions and more snow.

The Met Office forecast for Monday 6 March to Monday 20 March reads: "For March there is a fair amount of uncertainty, but the weather is most likely to be unsettled at first.

"There will be spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed with brighter and showery conditions with some snow possible across the north of the UK.

"There will, however, also be some drier and brighter spells, particularly in the south and east where we may see some local frost and fog at times overnight.

"Temperatures are expected to be a little above normal for the time of year but there remains a small chance of seeing a more prolonged cold spell, which is most probable later in the period."

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