UK weather forecast – Britain set for hottest February day for 178 YEARS thanks to 20C Saharan plume

Friday and Saturday could push the mercury up past the previous record for this month, the Met Office has said.

Forecaster Grahame Madge said: “It's possible the UK's 19.7C February record will be broken on Friday or Saturday, if a location in the South-East has fog clearing and good sunshine.

“Scotland will challenge its 17.9C February record and could see a record 18C in Moray, north-east Scotland, on Thursday, with 15C in the Central Belt.

“A flow of air from the Canary Islands is bringing highs potentially 8-10C above average, with very, very nice conditions and extended sunshine. It stays mild into next week.”

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It’s incredibly mild. February temperature records are under threat.

“Scotland could see an exceptional 18C on Thursday, with 19C or 20C not out of the question on Friday and Saturday in England.”

It comes after warnings Britain would be drenched with heavy rain and flooding today before the warmer temperatures arrive.

The Cumbrian coastline and North Sea coast at Easington and Kilnsea were expected to be hit by tidal surges today along with strong winds and heavy rain.

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Residents in Cumbria from Gretna to Silloth including Port Carlisle, Skinburness and Rockcliffe were told to take care near beaches and promenades as the sea spray could be dangerous.

North Sea coastal hamlets Easington and Kilnsea were told: “Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk.”

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Computer models show record 20C February temperatures are possible from the coming weekend.

“Families flying abroad for half-term sun could have stayed home and gone to a UK beach instead.

“Plumes of warm air from the Sahara are due in coming days and also in spring. 25C is certainly likely by April.

“There's a good chance of another fine summer due to the past 12 months’ continuing pattern of high pressure blocking, which brings hot conditions in summer.”


Later this week, Britain could be hotter than Australia — where it is summer — as Hobart, Tasmania, is due only 17C highs from midweek.

And even on Saturday, when the UK could be in record-breaking heat, 18C is forecast for Tasmania.

That would be beaten by the sizzling heat in Britain if the current record is broken.

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell told The Sun Online: "It is originating from northern Africa and the Canary Islands, so it is coming up from the south.

"There is a big area of high pressure moving across the UK, so it will be nice and sunny too."

The Met Office forecast mainly mild temperatures over the month ahead.

Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Temperatures will generally be on the milder side over the next 30 days, with short colder spells at times.

“We never said the ‘Beast from the East’ was definitely coming. We forecast settled and potentially colder conditions, and we have had colder spells.

“It’s mild rather than cold as high pressure is situated a few hundred miles further to our east, giving a southerly rather than easterly flow.”


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