A HEATWAVE will warm up Britain this week before snow returns leaving the country in a subzero deep freeze, the Met Office warns.
Highs of up to 14C in the south of England and 12C in Scotland will offer an early hint of spring by Thursday.
6 A heatwave will hit Britain later this week bringing highs of 14C
6 From next week – pictured here is the 19th – snow and colder weather is set to sweep across the country
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.
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“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.”
Ventusky6 The temperature is set to plummet once more next week – here much of the country will hover around freezing at 3am on the 20th
London News Pictures6 A motorist drives along the B4520 near Builth Wells through a wintry landscape on the Mynydd Epynt moorland in Powys, Wales
London News Pictures6 A white horse is seen in a wintry landscape as snow falls on high land near Llandegley in Powys, Wales
PA:Press Association6 It was a bright and chilly start at Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool
Dramatic footage from onboard BA flight at Heathrow as pilot fails to land plane because of Storm Erik winds