UK weather forecast: Britain set for week-long tropical winter heatwave in rare phenomenon

UK weather: Met Office warns of 'extensive rain' and cold

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Mild air from the Atlantic Azores Islands will push the mercury into double figures this weekend. Highs of 14C across southern Britain will make it feel more like mid-spring than the start of winter. Temperatures in parts of the UK over the coming days will match those in the south of France, forecasters predicted.

Jim Dale, a meteorologist for British Weather Services, said after weeks of storms Britain is about to turn balmy.

He said: “We are about to get a sub-tropical airflow starting on Saturday, and we could see temperatures in the south reaching 14C.

“This is air coming in from Spain and the Azores Islands, and while a cold front will come in after the weekend, the generally mild weather will hold out for about a week.

“It will also be very calm and settled with no storms on the radar, so a big change from what we have seen so far.”

Low pressure to the southwest of the UK will bring air in from the Azores Islands, off the coast of Portugal.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “Rain will come in on Saturday and it will be cold before mild air moves in from the west with a slice of Atlantic air pushing through.

“By the end of Sunday afternoon an area of low pressure moves north, and it will be mild in the south, although it stays colder in the northeast.

“Next week a couple of lows move to the north of the country bringing mild a south-westerly breeze.

“It will stay quite mild into the middle of next week.”

Mr McGivern’s forecast comes after the Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for winds for Scotland on Sunday and Monday night.

Tyler Roys, a senior meteorologist from Accuweather, told Express.co.uk: “Once we move from this storm on Sunday, any threats for windstorms look to be very low next week and the week leading into Christmas.

“We are looking at high pressure controlling the weather across the UK meaning largely drier weather is anticipated and could lead to mornings in which parts of the United Kingdom will have to deal with areas of low cloud and fog at times.”

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While the mild weather is expected to last for a week, temperatures are expected to remain warm on Christmas Day.

According to WX Charts, temperatures on Christmas Day will rise to 14C up and down the country.

The weather will remain around 14C up until at least 6am on December 27.

Craig Snell, Met Office meteorologist, told Express.co.uk: “Looking ahead and the milder but changeable weather is expected to continue as we head towards the middle of next week.

“Thereafter, it should become drier and more settled in the south, with this more settled weather extending to all areas by the weekend. After starting rather overcast, cloud amounts should reduce with time, with the risk of overnight frost and fog increasing.

“The fog could be slow to clear in the mornings, perhaps lasting all day in some places. Some rain is still possible at times in the far northwest.

“Temperatures are expected to be near normal for most, but milder in the northwest and perhaps turning rather cold in the south as we head towards the end of the month.”

Additional reporting by Nathan Rao

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