Weather forecast UK today – Warmest weekend in THREE MONTHS with 17C highs – but 100 areas get Met Office flood alerts

A PLUME of warm air from Spain is set to see temperatures surge this weekend with possible highs of up to 17C.

This comes after a record-breaking freeze-over — but three days of heavy rain will put a dampener for some as the balmy weather engulfs the country.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold airmass with temperatures well below average.

"This will change through the weekend as milder air moves in.

“From Monday the whole UK will be in the warmer air mass, with daytime temperatures reaching 11C in the south, replacing days which never got above freezing the week before.”

But despite this, the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for heavy rain today, tomorrow and Sunday,

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Olivia Burke

    BRIEF WEEKEND OUTLOOK

    It's a relatively dry start to a wet weekend, with over 100mm of rain falling on some hills in the west.

    The west coast is in store for heavy downpours, but southeast England will welcome milder conditions. Norwich could rise to 13C after temperatures dropped below freezing last week.

    Showers are expected in the northwest and southwest, spreading north into Scotland and Northern Ireland. Eastern areas remain brighter and drier.

  • Olivia Burke

    WARMEST WEEKEND IN THREE MONTHS

    Brits are in store for Mediterranean temperatures this weekend at levels not seen in three months.

    The South East and East of England are expected to reach 15C tomorrow, like Rome and Nice, before hitting highs of 16C on Sunday.

    But clouds dominate the sky, providing sunshine is in short supply.

    It is still much better than other parts of the UK, with some places slapped with flood warnings.

  • Olivia Burke

    FLOOD WARNINGS ISSUED

    Flood warnings have been issued by The Met Office after a week of heavy rainfall.

    All the areas affected are related to vast rivers, which have seen a sharp rise in water levels over recent days.

    Flood warnings requiring immediate action is in place for:

    • Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene
    • Low lying properties in the Upper Hull catchment
    • River Hull at Hull Bridge and Beverley
    • Roam Drain and River Hull at Hempholme
    • The River Burn from South Creake to Burnham Thorpe
    • Olivia Burke

      TODAYS NORTH WEST FORECAST

      It is a wet and windy start to the weekend, although temperatures remain mild.

      Outbreaks of rain spread over Cumbria throughout the early morning, continuing throughout the day.

      Further south it is mostly dry, though small showers could hit throughout the day. Winds are strong and it is cloudy for all with a maximum temperature of 10C.

      Rain in the north might strengthen during the evening, before it spreads to other areas overnight and weakens. Windy conditions continue but the minimum temperature is 8C.

    • Abe Hawken

      TOMORROW'S FORECAST

      The Met Office added: "Rain in southwest spreading north into Scotland and Northern Ireland, this heavy and persistent again over western upslopes with strong winds.

      "Drier, brighter and milder in many eastern areas."

    • Abe Hawken

      TONIGHT'S FORECAST

      The Met Office added: "Rain, turning heavier across hills in west, before easing for a time – but returning to the southwest later.

      "Turning more showery in northwest."

    • Abe Hawken

      TODAY'S FORECAST

      The Met Office said: "Rain and strong winds in west, drier in east.

      "Western and northern areas cloudy, with coastal gales and rain, heavy and persistent across hills, especially later.

      "Further east turning cloudy and breezy with a little rain or drizzle later."

    • Patrick Knox

      WHAT WAS THE LOWEST EVER FEBRUARY TEMPERATURE?

      The lowest recorded temperature for February was -20.6C recorded in Woburn, Bedfordshire on February 25, 1947.

      Now that’s real cold!

    • Patrick Knox

      FRIDAY’S WEATHER

      The Met Office has issued three yellow warnings for heavy rain for southern Scotland on Friday as well as warnings for South Wales and Devon. 

      Elsewhere, it will be an overcast and dull day with cloudy skies.

      Light rain and drizzle will spread into parts of central England during the afternoon, however eastern areas will remain dry

      It will be a cloudy evening with outbreaks of rain continuing across northern and western areas. 

      Overnight rain will slowly track south-eastwards to reach parts of central England by dawn. Cloudy for most however clear spells will develop across the south-east. Drier with clear spells from the north-west later.

    • Patrick Knox

      ‘CARPET OF DEATH’ WARNING

      The stormy weather has sparked a warning to people not to touch a “carpet of death2 which is washing up on Britain’s beaches.

      Tens of thousands of shellfish and starfish have washed ashore where they got stranded and died – and they could kill.

      Experts from the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority warned nasty symptoms usually develop within 30 minutes. This includes:

      • Tingling/burning sensation followed by numbness in the lips, tongue and face which progresses to extremities
      • Paralysis of limbs, loss of muscle coordination, constrictive sensation in the throat
      • In high doses, paralysis can extend to the respiratory system, affecting breathing

      TOASTY WEATHER FOR SOME

      Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern told Express.co.uk temperatures could peak at 17C this weekend, as a warm breeze moves in from the south west.

      He said the forecast for Saturday is: "A mild day with a strong or even gale force south westerly breeze.

      "12 to as high as 16C in the south east."

      BRITAIN SET FOR 72 HOUR ARCTIC BLITZ NEXT MONTH 

      According to WXCharts, from March 2 the mercury could dip as low as -2C in Scotland with temperatures averaging at 2C elsewhere in the UK.

      The cold snap is forecast to last for at least three days.

      It comes as flood warnings are issued for the next three days as torrential rain lashes the UK.

      The Met Office has warned 70mph gales could cause travel chaos, with a yellow warning put in place in Scotland today.

      DWP TRIGGERS £25 COLD WEATHER PAYMENTS

      Cold weather payments give low-income households a £25 boost if they’ve experienced freezing temperatures.

      Several postcodes are already on the eligible list, but today the Department for Work and Pensions added the following areas for February 11 to 17.

      Strathallan – FK8, FK11-19, G63, KY4-5, KY13-14, PH1-7, PH13.

      WHEN AND WHAT TIME DO THE CLOCKS GO FORWARD TO BRITISH SUMMER TIME?

      On Sunday, March 28, we will move to British Summer Time (BST) – at 1am.

      The clocks will move forward an hour, meaning you lose an hour in the morning.

      WHAT WAS THE WARMEST FEBRUARY DAY RECORD IN UK?

      The temperature reached 20.3C (68.5F) at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, West Wales, on Monday, February 24 which the UK's warmest February day on record.

      Meteorologists said it was the first time the temperature has exceeded 20C (68F) in winter (December to February).

      This beat the previous record of 19.7C (67.4F) recorded in Greenwich. London, in 1998.

      • Patrick Knox

        FOUL WEATHER LEADS TO RECORD OUTBREAK OF A DEADLY DOG DISEASE

        The flesh-destroying killer, called Aalabama Rot, thrives in the bitter cold, lurking in fields and woods which are flooded and turned to icy slush by snow and freezing rain.

        There have been twelve cases since January 1, the worst on record for such a short period, and it's brought a fresh warning to owners today.

        It's striking across Britain and there's no known cure.

        Vets say that only in three dogs survive when they contract the disease.

        Latest cases have flared in Alresford and Basingstoke in Hampshire, Maidenhead and Reading in Berkshire, Nuthall in Nottinghamshire, Goring in Oxfordshire, and Beddau near Rhondda Cynon Taff in Wales.

      • Patrick Knox

        FLOOD WARNINGS FOR SCOTLAND

        The Scottish Environment Protection Agency warns parts of Callander in Stirlingshire and Aberfoyle in Perthshire could be inundated by heavy downpours.

        A further 22 alerts and warnings are in place from Dumfries-shire to Aberdeenshire.

        The Met Office also declared flooding of homes and businesses is possible in central and southern spots.

        Yellow ‘be aware’ warnings are in place from tomorrow until Sunday morning.

      • Patrick Knox

        WEEKEND WEATHER 

        Saturday: Heavy rain warnings issued for southern Scotland, South Wales and Devon. 

        But Cloudy for most tomorrow with outbreaks of rain across south-west England, Wales and parts of the Midlands spreading northwards during the day. 

        Sunday: Heavy rain warnings still in place for southern Scotland, South Wales and Devon. 

        Elsewhere further outbreaks of rain and drizzle, largely across western and central areas.

      • Patrick Knox

        FRIDAY FORECAST

        UK weather forecast for Friday 19 February – Blustery winds and plenty of rain

      • Patrick Knox

        HEAVENS TO OPEN FOR A DAY OF RAIN HELL

      • Patrick Knox

        TOMORROW’S WEATHER

        The Met Office has issued three yellow warnings for heavy rain for southern Scotland as well as warnings for South Wales and Devon. 

        Elsewhere, it will be an overcast and dull day with cloudy skies.

        Light rain and drizzle will spread into parts of central England during the afternoon, however eastern areas will remain dry

        It will be a cloudy evening with outbreaks of rain continuing across northern and western areas. 

        Overnight rain will slowly track south-eastwards to reach parts of central England by dawn. Cloudy for most however clear spells will develop across the south-east. Drier with clear spells from the north-west later.

      • Patrick Knox

        PICTURED: SPRING APPEARS TO HAVE SPRUNG?

        People make the best of the sunny spells at Lyme Regis at half termCredit: Alamy Live News
      • Patrick Knox

        YELLOW WEATHER WARNING: AFFECTED REGIONS

        The following regions have been issued a yellow weather warning for rain for tomorrow:

        • Central, Tayside & Fife
        • SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
        • Strathclyde
        • South West England
        • Wales

        WEEKEND FORECAST

        It will be a mild weekend with temperatures reaching 16C in parts of southern England.

        But it will be wet and windy for the west on Saturday and drier in the east, according to the Met Office.

        There will some "brighter spells" on Sunday and Monday, with rain and strong winds for the west later.

        UP TO 100MM OF RAINFALL POSSIBLE

        The Met Office said: "Following recent rain, and further rain on Thursday, another band of rain is expected to become slow moving over Wales and western England on Friday.

        "Whilst many places will see a spell of heavy rain, high ground of southwest England and south Wales, exposed to the south, will likely see the largest rainfall totals.

        "Here, some 70-100 mm of rain is possible, with the most exposed parts of Dartmoor and the Brecon Beacons potentially seeing up to 150 mm by Sunday lunchtime.

        "As well as heavy rain, strong to gale force southerly winds will be an additional hazard."

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