BBC Weather: Temperatures set to rise across UK

The UK saw temperatures plummet to -23C in Scotland on Wednesday night, as a cold snap continued to take hold of the country. The Met Office described the freezing temperatures as an “extreme freeze”, which saw much of the UK hit by scattered snow showers all week. But forecasters expect the cold snap to ease over the coming weeks, as the mercury is expected to soar into the high teens and early 20s.

The warm air is set to move in from late next week, with highs of 17C currently forecast at 6pm on Sunday February 21, according to temperature charts by Netweather.

Warm temperatures are also forecast for Tuesday 23, with a weather chart showing the south of England and Wales turn yellow and orange as the mercury rises.

The map, valid for 6pm, forecasts 18C in the southeast.

Highs of 18C are also forecast at 6pm the next day, with other parts of the country expected to reach the mid-teens.

A second chart shows large parts of the UK turn yellow as the warmer temperatures sweep across Britain.

Thursday 25 February looks set to be a warmer day for the UK as a whole, with a chart showing huge swathes of the country turn yellow as the mercury rises into the teens.

Weather maps from WXCharts also show warm air is set to move in from the end of next week, with highs of 17C forecast for 6pm on Tuesday 23 February.

Brian Gaze, founder of The Weather Outlook, has predicted temperatures could rise to as high as 21C by the end of the month.

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A second chart shows large parts of the UK turn yellow as the warmer temperatures sweep across Britain.

Thursday 25 February looks set to be a warmer day for the UK as a whole, with a chart showing huge swathes of the country turn yellow as the mercury rises into the teens.

Weather maps from WXCharts also show warm air is set to move in from the end of next week, with highs of 17C forecast for 6pm on Tuesday 23 February.

Brian Gaze, founder of The Weather Outlook, has predicted temperatures could rise to as high as 21C by the end of the month.

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Met Office’s forecast from February 17 said: “This period begins with temperatures much milder than as of late, with temperatures returning to around average/ slightly about average for most and with some mild spells being seen in the south and west.”

BBC Weather forecasters also expect temperatures to rise above average next week.

They said: “The weather fronts will be moving into the UK from the Azores, dragging sub-tropical Atlantic air with them.

“Temperatures will go from bitterly cold in places this week, to several degrees above average next week, making for quite a change.

“This will come with wetter and windier conditions too, these most frequent in southern and western areas.”

In 2019, the UK recorded its warmest-ever February day, as the mercury hit 20.6C (69F) at Trawsgoed, Wales on February A new English record was also set, with 20.1°C recorded in Hampton Water Works, southwest London.

February 2020 was the UK’s wettest on record, with 209.1mm of rainfall over the month.

Despite the wet conditions, temperatures remained fairly mild and as the 10th warmest for England and Wales.

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