In Pictures: Flowers bloom early as UK enjoys unseasonably warm weather

People have been enjoying the spell of warm weather, which is set to bring temperatures in the UK this weekend close to the record for February.

Gardener Chris Orton, at the National Trust’s Wallington Hall, checks thousands of crocuses which have started to bloom weeks early
Gardener Chris Orton, at the National Trust’s Wallington Hall, checks thousands of crocuses which have started to bloom weeks early (Owen Humphreys/PA)
A bee collects pollen at the National Trust’s Wallington Hall property, near Morpeth in Northumberland
A bee collects pollen at Wallington Hall, near Morpeth in Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)
A girl takes a photo of her dog with daffodils in St James’s Park, London
A girl takes a photo of her dog with daffodils in St James’s Park, London (John Stillwell/PA)
A ewe with her lambs in a field in Northumberland
The warmer weather was being appreciated by a ewe with her lambs in a field in Northumberland – although the lambs were still being made to wear plastic protective coats (Owen Humphreys/PA)
A gardener attends to plants inside a greenhouse
Hothouse plants at Wallington Hall also bloomed early after the unseasonable temperatures (Owen Humphreys/PA)
The sun rises over the North Sea near Whitley Bay, as a spell of warm weather this weekend is set to bring temperatures in parts of the UK close to records for February
The sun rises over the North Sea near Whitley Bay, as a spell of warm weather this weekend is set to bring temperatures in parts of the UK close to records for February (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Fog hides the trees at Windsor Great Park in Berkshire
It was not wall-to-wall sunshine though, as fog hid the trees at Windsor Great Park in Berkshire (Steve Parsons/PA)
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