UK weather: March temperatures 'far higher than average' predicted this week

Britons can expect warmer spells nationwide later this week (PA)

March temperatures will be ‘far higher than average’ later this week, with highs in the late teens, forecasters said today.

Flood warnings in place last weekend will give way to widespread warmer spells as spring finally arrives.

The Met Office said on Tuesday that temperatures could be at least 8C warmer than the March average.

Bonnie Diamond, meteorologist from the Met Office, told Yahoo News UK: “We can expect temperatures of up to 17C (63F) on Wednesday and Thursday in the south, far higher than the normal average of 9-11C (48-52F) for this time of year.

The sun rises behind the Forth Bridge at North Queensferry in Fife. Source: PA

“Even towards the north, it will be between 11-14C (52-57F).

“Unfortunately it won’t be as high as 21C (70F), like we saw at the end of February, but still very mild for March.

“The westerly winds are bringing in the clouds, so areas east of higher grounds will be sheltered and benefit from the breaks allowing sun to come through.

“However cold air from the north will bring temperatures down towards the weekend, and the fresh air is going to spread through the UK, so we can expect a cooler weekend to tomorrow.

“On Friday there will be areas of rain in Northern Ireland and Scotland.”

After numerous flood warnings in the northern and western parts of the country, it seems like a respite of clouds and even a spot of sun will warm the coming days.

A car is submerged in flood water in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks at the weekend. Source: PA

On Sunday there were 30 flood warnings in place following heavy rain on Saturday, where some areas experienced a month’s worth of fain in the space of 24 hours.

The Environment Agency had installed temporary flood barriers in parts of the Midlands to protect them from the rising River Severn.

Finally it seems as though spring has finally sprung, with many Brits hoping for some more of the unseasonable warm temperatures of last month, which was the hottest February on record.

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