UK weather forecast today – Met Office says temperatures to soar up to 17C this weekend but flood warnings in 100 areas

A PLUME of warm air from Spain is set to see temperatures surge this weekend with possible highs of up to 17C.

This comes after a record-breaking freeze-over — but three days of heavy rain will put a dampener for some as the balmy weather engulfs the country.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold airmass with temperatures well below average.

"This will change through the weekend as milder air moves in.

“From Monday the whole UK will be in the warmer air mass, with daytime temperatures reaching 11C in the south, replacing days which never got above freezing the week before.”

But despite this, the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for heavy rain today, tomorrow and Sunday,

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

  • Alice Fuller

    AMBER RAIN WARNING FOR WALES

    An amber rain warning has been issued for parts of Wales.

    The Met Office has warned of "heavy" downpours, which could cause flooding and travel disruption.

    There is also "a good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads".

    Power cuts are also likely.

    There warning is in place from 8pm today until 6pm tomorrow.

  • Alice Fuller

    WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

    It’s a relatively dry start to a wet weekend, with over 100mm of rain falling on some hills in the west.

    The west coast is in store for heavy downpours, but southeast England will welcome milder conditions.

    Norwich could rise to 13C after temperatures dropped below freezing last week.

    Showers are expected in the northwest and southwest, spreading north into Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Eastern areas remain brighter and drier.

  • Alice Fuller

    YELLOW WEATHER WARNINGS

    The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings across parts of the North West.

    Persistent and heavy rain may result in flooding and disruption to transport and utilities.

    The warning is in place from 4am to 10pm tomorrow.

  • Alice Fuller

    PICTURED: EARLY SIGNS OF SPRING

    Early signs of spring at Welford Park, Berkshire, as snowdrops cover the woodland floor.

    Westie Sky bounds through the flowers towards owners George and Maisie Hiscock.

    Credit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd
  • Olivia Burke

    THIS TIME LAST YEAR

    February got off to a turbulent start this time last year, as three storms plagued the UK from the start to the end of the month.

    Storm Ciara kicked off on February 8, bringing severe wind and heavy rain. Amber warnings were issued for both, as over a month's rain fell across parts of West Yorkshire in 18 hours. It wreaked havoc across aviation, ferries, and public transport.

    Storm Dennis followed one week later, again bringing heavy and persistent rain to the majority of the UK. A Red Warning was issued by the Met Office for rain across parts of South Wales, ahead of destructive floods resulting in multiple major incidents declared. The power of the storm even washed ashore an abandoned "ghost" cargo ship in County Cork.

    Storm Jorge began on February 28, bringing strong winds and relentless rain but thankfully less severe conditions than the previous storms. However, it made recovering from Ciara and Dennis even harder due to the already sodden ground and supplies. Flooding problems persisted for many.

  • Olivia Burke

    Stunning sunrise shot taken this morning in Leadgate, County Durham.

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    A post shared by Darren Dixon (@dickaphotos)

  • Olivia Burke

    THE MET OFFICE'S WEEKEND FORECAST

    SATURDAY

    Rain in southwest spreading north into Scotland and Northern Ireland, this heavy and persistent again over western upslopes with strong winds. Drier, brighter and milder in many eastern areas.

    SUNDAY TO TUESDAY

    Rain across parts of England dying out Sunday, blustery showers in the northwest. Rain in the southeast Monday, mostly dry and bright elsewhere. Heavy rain spreading to western areas Tuesday.

  • Olivia Burke

    POLLEN BOMB COMES AFTER SPANISH PLUME

    A "pollen bomb" is set to sweep the UK next week after this weekend's so-called Spanish plume.

    The drastic fluctuation in temperatures over the past few weeks is expected to cause clouds of allergens being release into the air.

    People have been warned to "adequately prepare" for the situation as a "winter heatwave" will see temperatures of up to 17C in some parts of the country.

  • Olivia Burke

    WET WEEKEND IN BRISTOL

    Bristol is in for a soaking this weekend.

    The Met Office have forecast rain from 11am today that will continue until 3pm on Saturday.

    There will be one hour of mercy when it stops between 6pm and 7pm tonight.

    Temperatures are milder than recent.

  • Olivia Burke

    SNP SLAMS WEATHER PLANS AFTER COUNCIL COLD WEATHER PROBLEMS

    SNP members of North Lanarkshire Council have demanded weather plans are improved after a string of recent problems.

    Councillors want to focus environmental services such as bin collection, fly-tipping and gritting.

    Residents were unable to request grit bin refills or report fly-tipping online via the council website or through the Northline phone hotline after the services were overwhelmed with cold weather requests.

    Councillor Tom Johnston, the SNP group leader, claims people were waiting to get through for more than 90 minutes on the phone as only 11 staff were answering calls.

    "These weather conditions resulted in several issues that were brought to us by members of the public regarding information and services provided by North Lanarkshire Council which we have rightly raised on behalf of the public," Johnston said.

  • Olivia Burke

    SCOTLAND RAIN WARNING

    A rain warning is in place across some areas of Scotland from 6am today until 9pm tomorrow.

    Forecasters have warned to expect spray and water on roads making journey times longer, public transport delays, and the flooding of some homes and businesses.

    Melting snow and particularly heavy rainfall have created the perfect storm for a very wet weekend in Scotland ahead.

  • Olivia Burke

    PHOTOGRAPHER SHARES PICS OF "NEVER SEEN BEFORE" YELLOW PENGUIN

    A photographer has revealed amazing shots of a "never seen before" YELLOW penguin.

    Yves Adams was on a two-month photography trip through Antarctica and the South Atlantic, when he stopped off at the wild islands of South Georgia.

    The 43-year-old and his team landed at Salisbury Plain to shoot pictures of over 12,000 king penguins when he spotted a yellow penguin.

    It's unusual colouring is due to a condition called leucism, which causes a loss of pigmentation.

  • Olivia Burke

    BRIEF WEEKEND OUTLOOK

    It's a relatively dry start to a wet weekend, with over 100mm of rain falling on some hills in the west.

    The west coast is in store for heavy downpours, but southeast England will welcome milder conditions. Norwich could rise to 13C after temperatures dropped below freezing last week.

    Showers are expected in the northwest and southwest, spreading north into Scotland and Northern Ireland. Eastern areas remain brighter and drier.

  • Olivia Burke

    WARMEST WEEKEND IN THREE MONTHS

    Brits are in store for Mediterranean temperatures this weekend at levels not seen in three months.

    The South East and East of England are expected to reach 15C tomorrow, like Rome and Nice, before hitting highs of 16C on Sunday.

    But clouds dominate the sky, providing sunshine is in short supply.

    It is still much better than other parts of the UK, with some places slapped with flood warnings.

  • Olivia Burke

    FLOOD WARNINGS ISSUED

    Flood warnings have been issued by The Met Office after a week of heavy rainfall.

    All the areas affected are related to vast rivers, which have seen a sharp rise in water levels over recent days.

    Flood warnings requiring immediate action is in place for:

    • Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene
    • Low lying properties in the Upper Hull catchment
    • River Hull at Hull Bridge and Beverley
    • Roam Drain and River Hull at Hempholme
    • The River Burn from South Creake to Burnham Thorpe
    • Olivia Burke

      TODAYS NORTH WEST FORECAST

      It is a wet and windy start to the weekend, although temperatures remain mild.

      Outbreaks of rain spread over Cumbria throughout the early morning, continuing throughout the day.

      Further south it is mostly dry, though small showers could hit throughout the day. Winds are strong and it is cloudy for all with a maximum temperature of 10C.

      Rain in the north might strengthen during the evening, before it spreads to other areas overnight and weakens. Windy conditions continue but the minimum temperature is 8C.

    • Abe Hawken

      TOMORROW'S FORECAST

      The Met Office added: "Rain in southwest spreading north into Scotland and Northern Ireland, this heavy and persistent again over western upslopes with strong winds.

      "Drier, brighter and milder in many eastern areas."

    • Abe Hawken

      TONIGHT'S FORECAST

      The Met Office added: "Rain, turning heavier across hills in west, before easing for a time – but returning to the southwest later.

      "Turning more showery in northwest."

    • Abe Hawken

      TODAY'S FORECAST

      The Met Office said: "Rain and strong winds in west, drier in east.

      "Western and northern areas cloudy, with coastal gales and rain, heavy and persistent across hills, especially later.

      "Further east turning cloudy and breezy with a little rain or drizzle later."

    • Patrick Knox

      WHAT WAS THE LOWEST EVER FEBRUARY TEMPERATURE?

      The lowest recorded temperature for February was -20.6C recorded in Woburn, Bedfordshire on February 25, 1947.

      Now that’s real cold!

    • Patrick Knox

      FRIDAY’S WEATHER

      The Met Office has issued three yellow warnings for heavy rain for southern Scotland on Friday as well as warnings for South Wales and Devon. 

      Elsewhere, it will be an overcast and dull day with cloudy skies.

      Light rain and drizzle will spread into parts of central England during the afternoon, however eastern areas will remain dry

      It will be a cloudy evening with outbreaks of rain continuing across northern and western areas. 

      Overnight rain will slowly track south-eastwards to reach parts of central England by dawn. Cloudy for most however clear spells will develop across the south-east. Drier with clear spells from the north-west later.