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Caribbean blast to make parts of UK hotter than Majorca next week

A spell of mild weather will flourish into a 17C warm spell next week, with London and Scotland set to get the best of the blast.

After wrapping up warm in the snow and freezing temperatures of last month, UK residents can sit back and enjoy some unusually hot weather due to hit next week.

A Caribbean heatwave has created a blast of hot air which is currently making its way over the Atlantic, and will push UK temperatures up to highs of 17C (63F) on Monday.

The jump in UK temperatures means it will be hotter than places like Palma in Majorca and parts of southern France.

The East and South East of England is set to enjoy the best of the clement weather, with London and parts of East Anglia tipped to enjoy the best of the warmth.

Eastern parts of Scotland are also due plenty of the sunshine, with Aberdeen expected to reach particularly high temperatures.

Despite being well above average for this time of year – the norm would be between 4C and 7C (39.2F to 44.6F) – Monday’s expected high temperatures will not be a record.

The hottest February on record remains that of 1998, when temperatures hit 19.7C (67.5F).

The warm spell is expected to last into the middle of next week, before turning cooler into next weekend.

Despite winter ending on 1 March, when it officially becomes spring, jumpers shouldn’t be stowed away quite yet as it’s not uncommon for it to snow in the UK during the month of March.

Source: Caribbean blast to make parts of UK hotter than Majorca next week


UK forecast: ‘Tropical air’ to bring mild weather

Forecasters predict unseasonably warm weather will sweep across the UK over the next few days.

A plume of “tropical air” is expected to sweep across parts of the UK over the weekend, bringing unseasonably mild temperatures, says BBC Weather.

Forecaster Steve Cleaton said: “Through the weekend, increasingly mild air of tropical origin will be steered across the UK by westerly winds.”

Temperatures are expected to peak on Monday, with highs of 17C in some parts.

The record temperature recorded for a day in February was 19.7C in 1998.

The mild weather will be enjoyed across much of England, east Wales, eastern Scotland and eastern parts of Northern Ireland. In western and northern parts, the weather is likely to be more rainy and cloudy.

The rise could see the UK enjoy higher temperatures than parts of southern Europe, including the Balearic islands of Menorca and Majorca.

Our forecaster said the unusually high temperatures were the result of mild and moist air and a meteorological phenomenon called the Foehn effect.

There have already been a few mild spells during this winter and the temperatures reached 17C on 7 December, in Hawarden, Flintshire.

However, gardeners have been warned by the Royal Horticultural Society not to get carried away by the first signs of life in the year’s “most treacherous month”.

Guy Barter, RHS chief horticulturist, said February can often see balmy temperatures mixed with dry winds, showers and night frosts.

He added: “Wise gardeners know to be wary and wait until mid-March or even April before sowing and planting”

Source:  BBC News