- Met Office says conditions in Britain will ‘feel more like spring’ from tomorrow
- London will hit 16C on Thursday making it warmer than 13C Milan and 15C Nice
- Temperatures will also be on a par with Menorca, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome
It might still be the middle of winter, but Britain will be warmer than Italy and France later this week as temperatures soar to 16C (61F) on Thursday.
The Met Office said conditions will ‘feel more like spring’ from tomorrow as winds from the Azores bring warmer air, especially to the Midlands and South East England.
Greater London is expected to be the warmest area of the UK on Thursday – with temperatures set to soar above those in Milan at 13C (55F) and Nice at 15C (59F).
The capital will also enjoy the same 16C warmth as Menorca, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome – and it will be well above the average London February maximum of 9C (48F).
Parts of the UK have been enjoying very mild temperatures for the time of year in recent weeks, with families on half-term holidays enjoying the sunshine yesterday.
Families enjoy a sunny day at Bournemouth beach yesterday during the half-term holidays
People walk along the promenade at Bournemouth yesterday on the sunny Dorset coast
People were photographed playing games and making sandcastles on Bournemouth beach, while others went for a stroll along the promenade.
The highest temperature observed across Britain so far this month by the Met Office was 15.9C (60.6F) at Pershore in Worcestershire on February 3.
And the warmest ever February day in the UK was recorded five years ago on February 26, 2019 when Kew Gardens in London got up to 21.2C (70.2F).
Last month, the village of Achfary in the Scottish Highlands got up to 19.9C (67.8F) on January 28, setting a new UK maximum temperature record for January.
But Britain has also seen a North-South temperature divide on some days this month – with February 8 being particularly stark when there was a 32C (57F) gap.
BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood said temperatures in the Highlands could fall to -10C (14F) tonight – while London is expected to stay in double digits overnight.
Despite the mild temperatures for many, much of England has been on flood watch in recent weeks due to torrential rain – with 159 alerts and 26 warnings in place today.
Temperatures in the UK will start to build from today, with highs recorded this afternoon of 14C (57F) at Exeter Airport and 13C (55F) on the Isles of Scilly.
Scotland saw sunshine and showers today, while outbreaks of rain in the South West gradually moved across England and Wales throughout the day.
Tomorrow is expected to get up to 15C (59F) in Norfolk while London, the Midlands and South Wales should enjoy 14C (57F) highs.
A sunny day in Bristol yesterday as the Clifton Suspension Bridge is reflected in the water
A sunny day along the River Thames in the Berkshire village of Hurley yesterday afternoon
Bright weather at Ullswater Lake in Cumbria on Sunday as the Lake District enjoys the sunshine
The day will see cloud and rain spread across northern Scotland with some hill snow, but it will be mostly cloudy and mild elsewhere with outbreaks of rain.
Thursday is likely to be the warmest day this week with the best of the temperatures expected in West London. The Midlands should also get 16C (61F) highs, while the rest of England and Wales should reach between 12C (54F) and 15C (59F).
However, there will be a threat of heavy rain moving east. It will be drier on Friday, before a split on Saturday that will see rain in the West but dry weather in the East.
The Met Office tweeted: ‘Temperatures are set to rise through the middle of the week for most of us. Feeling more like spring in places on Wednesday and Thursday.’