Weather forecast UK LIVE – Heat pocket to hit London as temperatures hit 17C but snow in north, Met Office warns

A MINI heatwave will hit London this week as temperatures rocket, forecasters have predicted.

The capital could reach a balmy 17C next weekend with sunny spells making it feel positively spring like.

With temperatures hitting as low as -5C at the end of last week, Londoners are looking at a dramatic rise of 21C in just a matter of days.

But things aren't looking so hot in the rest of the country after record-breaking low temperatures that saw the mercury plunge to -23C.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and parts of northern England will get more snow this week, sparking Met Office alerts for poor conditions.

Northern Ireland is still grappling with disruption caused by snow, with blizzards expected and wind speeds likely to reach 40mph in coastal areas.

The Met Office forecaster Luke Miall warned that the conditions would “really significantly reduce visibility when driving”.

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  • John Hall

    83MPH WINDS IN SCOTLAND ON VALENTINE'S DAY

    South Uist – the second-largest island of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland – was smashed by 83mph gusts on Sunday afternoon.

    Valentine's Day was another cold day in the east with some freezing rain in the northeast, reports the Met Office.

    Milder, but wet and windy weather gradually edged across the UK from the west during the day.

  • John Hall

    SPRINGTIME FEEL AS MERCURY RISES TO 17C THIS WEEK

    The mercury could rise to 17C by next weekend as the UK's record-breaking Big Freeze finally comes to a welcome end.

    “Saturday and Sunday, particularly Sunday, parts of eastern England will see temperatures as high as 17C, way above average for the time of year, and that warmth will last into Sunday as well," according to Chris Fawkes from BBC Weather.

  • John Hall

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    The Met Office added: "Further cloud and rain moving northeast across all parts.

    "Some heavy rain expected over hills of the west.

    "Becoming windy with gales developing in the northwest. Mild and frost free."

  • John Hall

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    The Met Office said: "Rain across the southeast will clear by late morning.

    "Low cloud and fog elsewhere also slowly clearing by midday, then all parts seeing sunny intervals, but with showers in the west, heavy in the northwest.

    "Much milder than recently. Breezy."

  • John Hall

    TOMORROW'S FORECAST

    The Met Office said: "Rain will be slow to clear the southeast.

    "Elsewhere sunshine and showers are expected, these frequent and heavy in the west and northwest.

    "Windy with gales in the northwest. Mild."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    HUGE WAVES

    A man watching the huge waves at Newhaven harbour yesterday.

    Sunday was the last day of freezing stormy weather.

    This week temperatures are going to be milder.

    Credit: Rex Features
  • John Hall

    FLOOD RISK

    Flood warnings are in place across the country as temperatures leap after UK's record-breaking Big Freeze comes to an end.

    The Environment Agency has six flood warnings and 61 flood alerts for England.

    Around the River Hull, for example, more rainfall and snowmelt is expected on Monday night, which is expected to keep levels high.

    The EA advises: "Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded."

  • John Hall

    TEMPERATURES COULD REACH 17C BY SUNDAY

    By Sunday the mercury could soar as high as 17C with meteorologist expecting temperatures "way above average for this time of year."

    Chris Fawkes from BBC Weather said: "We’re starting to draw up more of a southerly flow of wind and that will start to drag up some of the warmer air from North-Africa and Spain which will push across westerly Europe and in across parts of the United Kingdom."

  • John Hall

    RAIN ON THE WAY

    South-westerly winds will make it mild on Monday, which is good news for Brits shivering through days of snow and ice.

    While it will be dry for many, there is rain on the way for Tuesday, says Sky News.

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