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Weather forecast UK today – Warm and sunny spell cut short as freezing temperatures to return within 24 hours

THE warm spell that Brits have been enjoying over the past few days will be cut short with freezing temperatures to return within 24 hours.

Low 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 this month just weeks after February's 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."

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

  • LONG RANGE FORECAST INTO MARCH – MET OFFICE

    The Met Office’s forecast for the first half of March says: “High confidence for this period as local high pressure is likely to give a mostly settled outlook, with any uncertainty existing with respect to the orientation of this high.

    “Currently the signal suggest a placement over the south of the UK before transferring to the north later next week.

    “This means most areas will stay fine and dry with plenty of sunny spells, and that any spells of rain and stronger winds are most likely to the far north and west of the UK where front incursions are most likely.

    “Temperatures are likely to remain around average for this time of year, however a short cold spell may occur near the end of this period.

    “Where skies clear overnight frost and fog patches may become prevalent.”

  • FROSTY START TO TOMORROW

  • COLD AND BRIGHT WEATHER FORECAST TO WELCOME IN MARCH

    Cooler sunny weather is due to settle over the UK in the first week of March following a February of temperature extremes.

    The highest and lowest temperatures of the winter were both recorded in February, with a 41.4C difference between the two peaks, according to the Met Office.

    The mercury hit -23C (-9.4F) in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on February 11, and on February 24 it rose to 18.4C (65.12F) in Santon Downham, Suffolk.

    Monday, which marks the first day of meteorological springtime, is expected to bring foggy mornings with spells of sunshine breaking through by midday, and average temperatures of around 6C (42.8F) in London.

    Northern Ireland and western areas of the UK mainland are set to see the best of the sunshine, which could also bring warmer temperatures in the low teens.

  • ‘DON’T BLOW IT’ EXPERT WARNS

    Britons are being warned making the most of warmer weather and sunshine could jeopardise our chances of sticking to the prime minister’s reopening road map.

    Speaking to Sky News, professor Calum Semple, an expert in “outbreak” medicine, warned the public to continue sticking to the lockdown rules or we could “blow it”.

    Asked whether crowds could cause case numbers to rise again, professor Semple, who sits on the government’s SAGE advisory board, admitted to Sky News: “This is a big worry to us.”

    “We’re just not quite there on the road map – we can’t take a short cut with people’s health.”

  • OUTLOOK FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK

    A misty start tomorrow, some lingering through the morning until midday.

    Cloud will linger on into the afternoon, but some late sunshine is possible, mainly in south-east England and north-west England.

    Staying cloudy on Wednesday with some light showers moving into Wales and the south of England.

  • SNOW IN MARCH?

    Weather charts show 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”.

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

  • LUNCH BREAK WALK? HERE IS THE FORECAST FOR MONDAY MORNING & AFTERNOON

  • TOMORROW NIGHT'S FORECAST

    A dry night, but mist and fog will return for many, with the densest patches most likely in western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Mostly clear across parts of the south-western UK and northern Scotland. An area of drizzle may affect parts of eastern Scotland after midnight.

    Light easterly winds.

  • WEAKEST GULF FREEZE IN 1,000 YEARS

    The Gulf Stream that helps warm the UK and northwest Europe is at its weakest in over 1,000 years.

    Researchers believe it could lead to more “extreme and intense” winters, adding the slowdown observed in the 20th century is “unprecedented” and likely connected to climate change.

    The Gulf Stream is part of a larger “conveyer belt” of ocean currents known as Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and carries warm water from the tip of Florida towards Europe.

    Its effect ensures Britain has relatively mild winters and without it experts believe temperatures would be around 5C cooler.

  • MET OFFICE SHUT DOWN ‘MIND BLOWING’ TIKTOK CLAIM

    Scarlett Moffatt has been ridiculed by the Met Office after she shared her so-called “mind-blowing” weather app claim about rainfall.

    The 30-year-old TV personality took to TikTok to share her “revelation” about weather apps with half a million of her fans, saying: “I’ve just found out that on the weather app, when it says ’30 percent rain’, I thought that meant ’30 percent chance of rain’.

    “It doesn’t mean that, it means that 30 percent of your area will be covered in rain.”

    However, a weatherman for the Met Office confirmed Scarlett was in fact wrong. Read more here.

  • SAHARA DUST BLANKET

    Saharan dust will blanket parts of Europe today, according to the BBC weather forecast. 

    Meteorologist Nick Miller warned “more dust in the air from Africa” will sweep across Europe, starting with Spain on Sunday. 

    Mr Miller explained today’s weather forecast is dominated by wind, particularly across eastern areas, which would “take some rain and snow into Turkey.

    “The odd shower around across southern areas of Greece. Quite windy through Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Those winds could be disruptive.”

    “Still, a lot of fine weather through Iberia, though we could see some more dust in the air from Africa, and some wet weather across northern coastal areas of Norway.”

  • MONDAY'S FORECAST

    A rather misty or foggy start for all, with the densest fog likely in Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England. Cloud will clear to sunshine across northern England and Scotland this afternoon, but cloud will linger elsewhere in England. Brighter in the south later.

    Gentle easterly winds.

  • WEATHER FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

  • BRITS BASK IN SUN

    A young child is pictured playing among crocus blooms in Lister Park, Bradford as much of Britain basked in spring-like weather on the last day of February.

  • WHEN DOES SPRING BEGIN?

    The Met Office says that by the meteorological calendar, spring always starts on March 1 - tomorrow - and will end on May 31.

    This date is based on the annual temperature cycle and meteorological state, as well as splitting up the ear into four season to coincide with the Gregorian calendar.

    However, the start of astronomical spring begins on March 20 this year, ending on June 21.

  • FIRST DAY OF SPRING APPROACHES

  • WINTER COULD RETURN NEXT WEEK

    Brian Gaze at Weather Outlook warned winter could return to the UK from next week, with an "increasing Atlantic influence" hitting by the middle of March.

    He said: "The meteorological winter ends tomorrow but the second half of next week could see it turn colder as high pressure builds northwards.

    "High pressure looks set to remain in charge of the weather across the UK during the coming days.”

    "We're at the time of year when frost can readily develop at night, but the strong sun can lead to mild or even relatively warm afternoons.”

  • 'DON'T BLOW IT' EXPERT WARNS

    Britons are being warned making the most of warmer weather and sunshine could jeopardise our chances of sticking to the prime minister's reopening road map.

    Speaking to Sky News, professor Calum Semple, an expert in "outbreak" medicine, warned the public to continue sticking to the lockdown rules or we could "blow it".

    Asked whether crowds could cause case numbers to rise again, professor Semple, who sits on the government's SAGE advisory board, admitted to Sky News: "This is a big worry to us."

    "We're just not quite there on the road map - we can't take a short cut with people's health."

  • 'GLORIOUSLY SUNNY AFTERNOON'

  • CONTINUED

    And traditional holiday destination Hastings in East Sussex has 2.4ins of rainfall - a third more than Southend and 10 wet days a month - two more than Southend.

    Weymouth on the Dorset coast has 2.36ins of rain a month and nine wet days and Bognor Regis on the West Sussex coast also has 2.36ins of rainfall and nine wet days.

    Bridlington on the east Yorkshire coast and Skegness on the Lincoln coast both have 2ins of rain a month and ten wet days and Margate on the Kent coast has 1.93ins and nine wet days.

    Only Walton-on-the-Naze, on the Essex coast, comes close to Southend-on-Sea with just 1.77ins of rainfall and nine wet days.

    Cardiff, Britain’s most rain-soaked place, has an average of 96mm of rain each month - more than double Southend’s rainfall - and it also has 12 wet days a month.

  • SUNNY SOUTHEND-ON-SEA IS DRIEST SEASIDE TOWN IN UK, RESEARCHERS FIND

    Holiday makes are less likely to experience rain in Southend-on-Sea than in any other UK seaside town, researchers have found.

    It has the lowest rainfall in the UK and the lowest number of wet days.

    The Essex beauty spot - home to the longest holiday pier in the world - has just 1.65ins of rainfall a month and just eight wet days a month, according to experts.

    It makes it the driest seaside town in the UK.

    That compares with 2.75ins of rainfall in Bournemouth on the Dorset coast which has ten wet days a month and 2.6ins of rainfall a month in Eastbourne on the East Sussex coast and ten wet days a month.

  • POLICE REPORT CROWDED BEACHES

    South Wales Police have reported an increase in crowds at beaches and beauty spots amid the warm weather this weekend.

    Welsh coronavirus restrictions state people must start and finish their exercise at home – not drive somewhere to walk, run or cycle.

  • SNOW IN MARCH?

    Weather charts show 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".

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

  • BLOSSOM TREES TO HEAL NATION

    Blossom trees will be planted across the UK to help with the nation's emotional healing following the coronavirus pandemic.

    The National Trust announced its plan to help the public recover, saying it will "give communities more access to nature through the creation of green spaces and circles of blossom trees".

    The organisation said: "Last year, the sight of spring blossom, beautiful but fleeting, brought pleasure and reassurance, reminding us that the rhythm of the natural world continued even though all other aspects of our lives had changed."

    It added the first blossom circles will be created in east London, "an area that has seen some of the worst impacts of the pandemic"

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