Brits set for hottest day of year as ‘temperatures skyrocket higher than Spain’

Brits are preparing for sunny weather that will feel like they're on golden beaches, with temperatures as high as 17C possibly on the cards.

The warm weather means England will be hotter than Barcelona, Spain, and make February feel as "mild as May".

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said mid-teen temperatures are expected to continue across the country, which will seem "especially warm" after the extreme freeze Brits endured only a matter of weeks ago.

He said: "We’re getting milder and wetter air from the west causing warmer weather all round, but we’re a way off hitting a February record.”

The best of the weather will hit London and the south east, which will see an average of 18C.

Rome, Italy, will reach highs of 17C though, and Barcelona 16C.

After the freezing start to the month, it's coming to a mild end as temperatures continue to rise across the UK.

But London will be the warmest of the country as the final days of February come closer.

Whereas in a stark contrast, northern parts of England and Scotland will see two days of heavy rain with amber weather warnings in place.

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Heavy downpours and strong winds are expected to batter parts of the country in a 24-hour washout.

Forecasters are predicting 'the first signs of Sping' will be felt, with some areas experiencing warmer temperatures usually found in May.

Norfolk and Cambridgeshire are expected to see highs of 17C, and 15C or 16C across south-eastern and central England.

The rest of the UK has been told to expect dry and milk conditions, but Scotland, parts of north Wales and Northern Ireland will see rain.

The average maximum temperature for February in the UK stands at 6.6C, but the same for May is usually just shy of 15C, making it seem as if Spring has arrived early.

The heavy downpours affecting the north of the country is expected to move down across the UK from Wednesday and into Thursday.

But the wet weather is likely to clear by Friday.

Bookmakers have slashed odds that March will be the wettest since records began. Coral have now said it stands at 2-1 that'll see Brits drenched, as many parts of the UK were issued flood warnings in the final week of February.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “Temperatures are on the rise but the threat of rain remains on the horizon.

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“We’ve cut our odds on next month being the wettest March since records began.

“Coral makes this spring odds on already, at 4-5, to be the warmest ever recorded in the UK with temperatures set to continue to rise as March begins.

“The outlook temperature-wise remains pleasant and we make it odds on that Brits have their warmest spring on record, with fingers crossed and hopes high for some cracking weather through April and May.”

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