BRITAIN will bask in a 19C heatwave over this St Patrick’s week making parts of the country hotter than Rome.
A 700-mile African heat burst will blow over the UK and send temperatures above the expected 15C in Italy’s capital.
Brits flocked to beaches this weekendCredit: Alamy
Temperatures will also be well above the average for March of 11C.
Dry skies today and tomorrow will be followed by sunshine and clear skies for most of Wednesday, the Met Office predicts.
The weekend may be chillier but experts said the run-up to Easter will be getting warmer.
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Spring will be in the air, with a gentle breeze from the warming continent and temperatures rising through the teens.
“Wet weather will give way to sunshine, with a drier and warmer trend through mid-March.”
A Met Office forecaster added: “After the the North-West’s rain spreads on Wednesday, it looks fine and sunny from Thursday for the UK.
“From then to late March has temperatures mild to very mild for most, with dry conditions, although it may be chilly should winds tap into colder air across eastern Europe.”
The early spring warm-up arrives tomorrow when it will hit 16C.
On Wednesday it will creep up to highs of 19C.
Temperatures will remain in the high teens for St Patrick’s Day on Thursday and into the weekend.
It comes after Brits flocked to the beaches over this weekend ahead of the warm week.
They went to the coast in Dorset, Cornwall and other parts of the UK as temperatures rose into the high teens.
But there were some warnings of coasty gales and rain on Saturday afternoon.
BBC weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said: “Monday is a much better day, the winds will be lighter there will be some sunshine around.
“There will still be some showers around northern parts of the country but in the south it really is an improving picture and that’s how it is going to be over the next few days into next week.
“In fact in the south of the country temperatures could peak around 17C or 18C. So a mixed weekend but better the week ahead.”
Temperatures are expected to be hotter than Rome this weekCredit: Alamy
A 700-mile African heat burst will blow over the UKCredit: Alamy