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UK weather forecast – 18C this week as warm spell continues but SNOW on way

This morning's early fog was quickly burned off by blazing sunshine – and enjoy it while you can because forecasters say snow could return.

Unseasonably mild conditions swept in on Caribbean winds will couple with glorious winter sunshine across the whole of England and Wales to create perfect barbecue weather for many.

Sun lovers hit the beach in Bournemouth today and runners had perfect conditions at the Brighton half-marathon.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said it could reach 16C in North Wales today, and up to 18C on Monday.

Light cloud was expected in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland – which could see some light drizzle – but even in these parts temperatures were forecast to sit comfortably in the low-teens.

It came after the Met Office issued yellow warnings for fog in the Midlands and South West that could have grounded flights and caused road and rail delays on Sunday morning.

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An update from forecasters at Meteogroup UK said this morning: "A cloudy morning for many with widespread mist and fog.

"However, it will become increasingly sunny in the late morning.

"The afternoon will be dry, mild and sunny for most, although mist and fog may linger for some North Sea and Irish Sea coasts.

"Drizzle is possible in Northern Ireland. Gentle winds."

And the welcome warm weather is set to continue for at least the next ten days, forecasters say.

Sara Thornton, director of digital weather company Weathertrending told The Sun Online: "Temperatures may ease a touch later through the weekend, with fog patches keeping some spots a lot chillier.

"However early next week, records may again be threatened, as the air warms up again.

"And as the weeks go by the sun is getting every stronger, meaning higher temperatures become more likely."

But after the surge in temperatures next week a cold snap is set to follow in the early days of March.

Eleanor Bell, meteorologist for The Weather Company, told The Sun Online: "Next week high pressure will be centred over the North Sea and will continue to bring dry and sunny weather to Britain with a south to south-easterly flow continuing to lift temperatures well above normal for the time of year.

"The confidence in the daily detail drops next week and there are both risks to slightly higher and lower temperatures.

"For the week commencing the 4th March we currently expect high pressure to gradually sink southwards bringing a return to lower pressure over Britain with cooler air from the north-west becoming entrained into the airflow resulting in a gradual decline in temperatures but still remaining on the warmer side of normal."

Monday is likely to beat the 16.6C record for February 25, with Met Office records stretching back to 1841.

The record for the whole month is 19.7C – set on February 13, 1998, at Greenwich, South East London.

The more unsettled weather due to arrive in early March will see gales in northern parts of the country.

Scotland, particularly, could see the return of some snow.

The Met Office said: "By early March we are likely to see much more unsettled conditions as weather fronts bring stronger winds, gales and rain at times to all parts of the UK.

"It will also be a little colder than recently, with snow over some of the hills and mountains in the north."

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