BALMY Britain will bask in temperatures hitting the mid-teens today amid early spring-like conditions – but a deep freeze will hit again soon.
Highs of up to 15C in the south of England and 12C in Scotland will allow for a welcome thaw that is set to last for the rest of the week.
4 A balmy weather picture is in store today, with the warmer yellow colours seen in the above weather map for 3pm on Tueaday
4 Temperatures are seen hitting double figures across the country on Tuesday afternoon – with some forecasters saying parts could even hit 15C
It will be mainly dry with light cloud in the south – while in Scotland and Northern Ireland there will be outbreaks of rain.
The Met Office said: "Outbreaks of rain for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will edge southwards but fragment.
"Meanwhile, the southern half of England and much of Wales will remain largely dry, with some sunshine in the south and east. A mild day."
And forecasters at Meteogroup said of today's weather: "It will be a bright start for much of England and Wales with a few mist patches likely.
"Scotland and Northern Ireland will be mostly cloudy with a few spots of rain.
"In the afternoon, most will become cloudy.
"Patchy rain is likely in the west, although a few sunny spells are possible in the east."
And Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans said: “Through this week were seeing more settled weather because we’ve got high pressure and that’s bringing the air up from the south west and that’s bringing us the milder temperatures.
“I think we could even go up to 15C in some of the days depending how cloudy it is.
"If we get some sunshine, we could see those highs in the south west of England.”
I think we could even go up to 15C in some of the days depending how cloudy it is. If we get some sunshine, we could see those highs in the south west of England.
Sophie Yeomans, Met Office meteorologist
But Brits should not put those hats and scarves back in the wardrobe just yet.
Forecasters have warned another “Beast from the East” could be on the way – hitting shortly after next week’s heatwave.
John Hammond from Weathertrending said: "Southern and eastern areas are most prone to a continental chill from February 18, with an ongoing chance easterly winds will bring much colder air towards us."
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told the Daily Star: “We've certainly not had the last cold spell of winter.
MOST READ IN NEWSWarning'INDESCRIBABLE PAIN' Dad, 43, let two Staffies feast on his leg to protect face and throat ExclusiveDAYLIGHT FOBBERY We expose legal gadget crooks can use to steal keyless cars in SIX seconds SPRING FORWARD Sun and 12C HEATWAVE this week before SNOW returns in sub-zero DEEP FREEZE ExclusiveTHE END OF MAY Theresa May set to RESIGN in the summer in bid to stop Boris becoming PM FINAL MOMENTS Emiliano Sala died from horrific head injuries & was ID'd by fingerprints no regrets Lotto lout's naked waitresses with coke on trays, 8-girl romps & £2k-a-day coke
“There are cold spells likely in the period from February 22 until March 10.
“We may see snow to low levels with nights below zero, although it's too early to say how low temperatures will go.
“Spring might officially start on March 1 but there's still potential cold ahead even in March.”
4 A wave of warm weather is sweeping into Britain this week – with temperatures set to hit the mid-teens on Thursday
4 From next week snow and colder weather is set to sweep across the country, with the above weather map showing a weather front sweeping in on 19 February