Weather forecast UK today – Brits to enjoy sunny weekend with mild temperatures before big freeze hits UK next month

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COLD MARCH

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27 Feb 2021, 23:44Updated: 27 Feb 2021, 23:44

BRITS are set to enjoy a sunny weekend before temperatures turn colder next month.

Freezing conditions are expected in March - but the Met Office dismissed reports of a "snow bomb".

Experts rubbished claims that a massive 270-mile snowstorm is on course to hit parts of Britain next month just weeks after the current 18C warm snap.

A spokesperson said: "There is nothing like that in our immediate forecast, or in our longer 30-day outlook which can be seen on our website homepage."

Temperatures are expected to drop to -4C, before slowly creeping up throughout the day.

WX Charts predicted a band of snow - stretching from Norfolk to Dorset - could blanket some areas and may mean Birmingham, Wales, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Bristol and Dorset, could see flurries from March 9.

But the current long-range forecast from the Met Office, from February 27 to March 8, suggests drier and settled conditions are in store, but warns there could be some cold nights.

The forecast anticipates that: "During the last few days of February and the first week of March, many areas of the UK are likely to see more settled conditions.

"Dry conditions with clear or sunny periods are likely, especially in the south of the UK. Any unsettled weather with corresponding showers or rain are most likely to occur in the north and northwest of the UK.

Meanwhile, this weekend will see the mercury rise to double digits. Parts of southern England are to reach highs of 12C on Saturday while areas in Scotland will see 10C.

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

MAKE THE MOST OF TODAY AND TOMORROW, MET OFFICE WARNS

ZERO WEATHER WARNINGS OVER NEXT 7 DAYS

The Met Office does now have any weather warnings in place for the forthcoming week ahead.

However, this could be the calm before the storm as snowfall is predicted for Easter weekend.

TEMPERATURES OF 11C AND 13C FOR MAJORITY OF UK TOMORROW

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “Winter will go out on a whimper this weekend with conditions set to be very quiet and dry for most.

“For Southern parts of the country it’s looking like a lovely afternoon with plenty of sunny skies after a frosty start to the morning.

“Temperatures won’t be as mild as they have been in the last few days but the mercury will still be above average. 

“Most parts of the UK will see temperatures of between 11C and 13C.”

SUNDAY WILL SEE 'UNINTERRUPTED SUNSHINE' FROM 9AM

Today will see uninterrupted sunshine from 9am until 1pm according to the BBC, but the Met Office predicts it will actually be shining from 8am through to 3pm.

On Sunday, sunshine starts from 9am until midday, before the sun hangs behind the clouds for the rest of the day.

And it looks like the warm weather is set to continue with the UK set to see highs of up to 17C next week, after the recent cold snap that gripped the nation.

MIST AND FOG 'WILL LINGER EARLY SUNDAY MORNING - MET OFFICE

Sunday will see remnants of mist and fog around the country.

Th weather agency tweeted: "Mist and fog patches will linger in places on Sunday morning "

It added: "Lots of sunshine elsewhere."

CORAL CUTS ODDS ON TEMPERATURES REACHING 20C THIS WEEKEND

Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 1/2 (from 6/4) on temperatures reaching 20C or higher this weekend in the UK.

The firm goes evens for this spring to be the hottest on record, while 2021 is odds-on at 4/5 to be the hottest year ever in the UK.

“It is going to be a glorious end to February with our betting suggesting 20C or higher could even be reached in some parts of the UK this weekend,” said Coral’s John Hill.

“It is going to feel like spring has come early over the next few days and it raises the prospects of even better weather ahead,” added Hill.

MET OFFICE: MOST PARTS OF UK WILL SEE TEMPERATURES OF 11C and 13C

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: "Winter will go out on a whimper this weekend with conditions set to be very quiet and dry for most.

"For Southern parts of the country it's looking like a lovely afternoon with plenty of sunny skies after a frosty start to the morning.

"Temperatures won't be as mild as they have been in the last few days but the mercury will still be above average. 

“Most parts of the UK will see temperatures of between 11C and 13C."

ODDS ON MARCH BEING HOTTEST EVER SLASHED BY LADBROKES

Ladbrokes have cut odds on March going down as the hottest on record.

Having been a 2/1 shot earlier in the week, the bookies now make it just a 6/4 shot for next month to go down as a record-breaking hot March.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It’s looking increasingly likely next month will go down as a record-breaking hot March as temperatures continue to creep up.

'PLENTY MORE SUNSHINE IN FORECAST FOR SUNDAY', SAYS MET OFFICE

The Met Office has released its '4cast' for Sunday - and promised there will be plenty more sunshine.

Brits have basked in mild, spring like temperatures following weeks of Winter misery.

The national weather agency tweeted: "It's starting to feel like spring this weekend with plenty more sunshine in the forecast on Sunday."

TEMPERATURES TO TURN COLDER NEXT MONTH

According to BBC Weather, temperatures will turn colder from the second week of March, following a milder period.

Its weather forecast reads: “For the second week of March, high pressure will begin to shift away to the west.

“This will allow the colder flows from northeast Europe to move in, bringing fresher Atlantic air from the north or northwest.

“Temperatures will tend to dip below average, but it will still be drier than normal with high pressure close enough to keep any strong weather fronts away to the north.”

CROWDS FLOCK OUTDOORS DESPITE WARNINGS AS UK BASKS IN SUNSHINE AND WARM WEATHER

Crowds flock outdoors despite warnings as UK basks in sunshine and warm weather

MET OFFICE REPORTS ZERO WEATHER WARNINGS OVER NEXT 7 DAYS

The Met Office does now have any weather warnings in place for the forthcoming week ahead.

However, this could be the calm before the storm as snowfall is predicted for Easter weekend.

REPORTS EASTER COULD SEE 'SNOW BOMB' HIT BRITAIN

Enjoy it will you can - as warm weather isn't set to last long with a snow predicted for Easter.

Reports show how Weather charts are pointing to a 270-mile 'snow bomb' is on course to hit parts of Britain next month - after an 18C warm spell.

WX Charts predicts a band of snow - stretching from Norfolk to Dorset - could blanket some areas.

It would mean Birmingham, parts of the West Midlands and Wales, Gloucestershire, parts of Somerset, Bristol and Dorset, could see the white stuff from March 9.

And the wintry weather could continue into April, with the Met Office saying "a white Easter is more likely than a white Christmas".

FLOCKDOWN

Brits sick to the back teeth of lockdown hit beaches and parks across the UK today to bask in 13C sunshine despite lockdown warnings.

Health officials have urged people to keep following the "stay at home" order and to not be tempted by the glorious weather outside.

Read more here.

BOOKIES CUT ODDS ON SUMMER 2021 BECOMING HOTTEST ON RECORD

Coral has cut the odds on this summer being the UK’s hottest since records began to just 2-1 (from 5-1), as hopes soar for the summer months and the spring sunshine continues.

Temperatures are set to drop into March but the long-range forecasts provide hope for a warm summer.

“We’re looking longly out into the spring sunshine but with hope on the horizon for a much better summer, it’s timely that we could be set for one of the UK’s hottest ever. We have slashed the odds on the 2021 summer being the warmest ever recorded on these shores,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

Coral make it 11-8 that the UK’s hottest temperature ever is recorded this year. That temperature currently stands at 38.7.

WEATHER FORECAST FOR SATURDAY EVENING

A dry evening with lengthy clear spells however patches of mist and fog will form.

Overnight will continue to be dry with clear spells and patchy cloud.

Variable amounts of cloud cover will build after midnight with the best of the clear skies across southern England and north-east Scotland.

COULD BRITS BE IN STORE FOR A 'WHITE EASTER'?

The Met Office says “a white Easter is more likely than a white Christmas” with the chance wintry weather could be with us in April.

Meteorologist Grahame Madge told SomersetLive: “It’s possible that we could get snow in March.

“In fact, it’s more likely we will get snow in March than in December.”

He added: “I can see the weather system that is causing the excitement, but it’s too far away and too uncertain to have any indication yet.

“It is unlikely to see an easterly weather front coming across, but a white Easter is more likely than a white Christmas.”

NO WEATHER WARNINGS IN PLACE FOR WEEK AHEAD, SAYS MET OFFICE

There are zero weather warnings for the week ahead.

However, this could be the calm before the storm as snowfall is predicted for Easter weekend.

TEMPERATURE OF 13.7C RECORDED IN BOURNEMOUTH THIS AFTERNOON

"The Met Office tweeted: "After a cold start this morning, temperatures have widely climbed into doubled figures in the sunshine this afternoon. "

"Take Bournemouth Airport for example, it started the day at -2.8°C and has reached 13.7°C this afternoon, which is a 16.5°C difference!"

After a #cold start this morning, temperatures have widely climbed into doubled figures in the #sunshine this afternoon.

Take Bournemouth Airport for example, it started the day at -2.8°C and has reached 13.7°C this afternoon, which is a 16.5°C difference! pic.twitter.com/dwVfsNKeoT

— Met Office (@metoffice) February 27, 2021

TEMPERATURES TO TURN COLDER NEXT MONTH

According to BBC Weather, temperatures will turn colder from the second week of March, following a milder period.

Its weather forecast reads: “For the second week of March, high pressure will begin to shift away to the west.

“This will allow the colder flows from northeast Europe to move in, bringing fresher Atlantic air from the north or northwest.

“Temperatures will tend to dip below average, but it will still be drier than normal with high pressure close enough to keep any strong weather fronts away to the north.”

TONIGHT'S FORECAST

A dry evening with lengthy clear spells however patches of mist and fog will form.

Overnight will continue to be dry with clear spells and patchy cloud.

Variable amounts of cloud cover will build after midnight with the best of the clear skies across southern England and north-east Scotland.

NO WARNINGS FOR WEEK AHEAD

There are zero weather warnings for the week ahead.

However, this could be the calm before the storm as snowfall is predicted for Easter weekend.

BRIT CROWDS FLOCKED RIVERSIDE TO ENJOY TEMPERATURES YESTERDAY

Lockdown-weary Brits flocked riverside to bask in the sunshine yesterday.

Crowds in Exeter sat alongside the River Exe enjoying the warm weather while watching the sunset.

Read more here.

FORECASTER PREDICTS IT WILL REMAIN DRY TONIGHT

The Met Office says tonight will be dry with clear spells and patchy clouds.

On Wednesday Brits enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far with the mercury hitting a glorious 18C.

Forecasters said it the weather showed “the first signs of spring”, with some places experiencing weather more like May than February.

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said it was a “noticeable change from what we’ve had in recent weeks”.

ODDS CUT ON HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD COMING IN 2021

Coral has cut the odds on this summer being the UK's hottest since records began to just 2-1 (from 5-1), as hopes soar for the summer months and the spring sunshine continues.

Temperatures are set to drop into March but the long-range forecasts provide hope for a warm summer.

"We're looking longly out into the spring sunshine but with hope on the horizon for a much better summer, it's timely that we could be set for one of the UK's hottest ever. We have slashed the odds on the 2021 summer being the warmest ever recorded on these shores," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

Coral make it 11-8 that the UK's hottest temperature ever is recorded this year. That temperature currently stands at 38.7.

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