Spring has officially begun according to the meteorological calendar and forecasters are finally predicting an end to the wintry weather.
The Daily Mail reports that Britain will see temperatures of up to 12C this weekend, suggesting an end to the freezing weather that gripped much of the country last week.
On its blog, the Met Office said: 'Last spring was sunnier and warmer than average, while spring 2011 was exceptionally warm and dry.'
The Met Office website said that Saturday will be mostly dry for much of Britain with the 'best of the sunshine across central parts of England and Wales.'
Sunday is expected to be 'largely cloudy with occasional drizzle for Scotland and perhaps northern England. Otherwise, variable amounts of cloud with a few bright or sunny spells.'
Next week is looking brighter and Monday is expected to be largely dry 'with some bright or sunny spells, especially toward the south.'
The Met Office added that Tuesday will stay mainly dry, but on Wednesday there could be 'cloud and patchy rain spreading from the west.'
Four out of last five winters have been colder than average, says Met Office