The UK is expected to face some “hefty showers” on Saturday morning but it will finally begin to feel like spring as the rain brings considerably milder weather.
The Met Office said temperatures could hit the teens on Saturday, making it the warmest day of the year so far.
A graph from WXCHARTS shows a band of milder weather covering the UK on Saturday, drawing a huge contrast to the treacherous weather conditions that triggered travel chaos in Britain last week.
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “The rain is being brought by a warm front which is why the air behind it is so mild. Temperatures really holding up across the south, in particular, seven or eight degrees in many towns and cities.”
But Mr Deakin warned the cold weather is not over yet as northern parts of the UK face more subzero temperatures. He said: “Ahead of that warm front under the clear skies it’s going to be another cold one. Northern Scotland getting a frost in the Glens where we could get as low as minus eight.
“So quite a temperature contrast as we start Saturday morning.”
The Met Office said there will be some brighter weather on Saturday afternoon in parts of the UK that manage to escape the rain.
Mr Deakin said: “We will see some drier and brighter weather and maybe even some sunshine, especially in across Wales and southern counties of England come the afternoon.
“The winds are noticeable. It will still be blustery but they are still bringing that milder air from the south. So when the sun is out we could reach temperatures into the teens, 13, 14, 15 is possible.”
The southeast and south Wales are set to face the worst of the rainfall, with Wales expected to have 30mm of rain in only six hours.
BBC Weather’s Ben Rich said those in the south of the UK should expect “hefty showers” on Saturday.
He said: “A very mild start to Saturday. A mild start to what is going to be a mild weekend. With that though we will see spells of rain. It will often be very cloudy as well so low pressure still in charge.
Mr Rich added: “With this flow of southwesterly winds around the low, that is why we are seeing the mild conditions.”
BBC weather said London and Norwich could see highs of 15C on Saturday afternoon with Cardiff and Manchester expected to be 13C while Edinburgh is set to be 10C.
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