Warm weather finally on way after wettest UK February on record batters country

Temperatures could reach as high as 15C next week in parts of the UK following another weekend washout.

Last month was the wettest February on record according to the Met Office and the rain is set to continue this weekend.

Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge caused multiple deaths in the country as well as severe flooding for parts of Wales, Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

The latest Met Office forecasts suggest temperatures will rise to at least the mid-teens from next week – but not before more heavy rain lashes parts of the UK.


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A yellow rain warning is in place for south eastern England today, which is expected to cause flooding and travel disruption.

But the Met Office say temperatures could rise to 15C in some parts on Tuesday next week.

Spokesperson Grahame Madge said: "A weather system will arrive next week dragging up warmer air – that’s why temperatures are so high.

"Current numbers are looking between 10C-15C, but 14C is looking likely for most.

"Over the weekend a jetstream will be moving north which will help bring warmer temperatures into the early part of next week."

Despite the high numbers, the jetstream looks set to cause more unsettled conditions, with up to 70mm of rain predicted to fall in parts of north Wales, Cumbria and western Scotland.

"An unsettled outlook is coming," Grahame added. "There will be low pressure over weekend moving north that will bring heavy rain and continuous rainfall so some locations could see heavy rain.

"Between 50-70mm of rain could fall in western areas. There are no warnings for that at the moment but we are keeping an eye on it.

And those hoping this is the start of Spring will be disappointed to hear that the warm weather won't be here to last.

Grahame added: "Later in the week the jetstream will move southernly towards end of week which will mean temperatures will drop."

Met Office UK forecast

Today:

Cloud and rain in the south will slowly move eastwards, feeling cold under this with brisk northeasterly winds. Elsewhere sunshine and a few showers, feeling pleasant in sunshine with lighter winds.

Lingering rain clearing the southeast. A few showers persisting but many places dry with a few fog patches. Further cloud and rain arriving in the west later. Some frost.

Friday:

Cloud and rain in west slowly moving east and breaking up. Then a day of sunshine and showers. Breezy in the west but pleasant in sunshine and lighter winds elsewhere.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Wetter and windier with bands of rain crossing the UK and showery interludes between. Strongest winds and heaviest rain in the west. A little milder with less risk of frost.

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