BRITS are set for a taste of spring after a Sahara dust plume sends temperatures soaring as high as 14C.
The winter lockdown misery will seem a world away in parks and beaches as the warm weather engulfs the nation.
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Crowds flock to Regents Park as the first spring weather arrivesCredit: Alamy Live News
People out and about enjoying the unseasonably fine weather at Southend-on-Sea in EssexCredit: JOHN McLELLAN
The south east of England will enjoy the warmest weather today with London seeing temperatures of 14C in the afternoon.
But conditions won’t be quite as pleasant at Saturday with light showers in the south east edging west.
The north west will be hit by rain but sunny spells are also forecast.
While Scotland and Northern Ireland will also endure a wet end to the weekend.
Temperatures hit a balmy 16C yesterday with southern Brits taking the opportunity to get outside and stretch their legs after months of cold weather during lockdown.
The warm weather has been a stark contrast to last weekend which saw freezing rain, treacherous ice and 80mph gusts.
The last time temperatures hit highs of 16C was November 18 last year in London — and the hottest day since was February 2, where 14.2C was recorded in Cardiff.
A busy crowd enjoys the milder weather as people took to the seafront in BrightonCredit: Brighton Pictures
Temperatures will reach highs of 14C in London tomorrow afternoon
This comes after a month of freezing weather which has seen severe snowfall across the UK.
On Wednesday night last week, the UK’s coldest temperature for 65 years was recorded in Aberdeenshire when locals endured -23C.
The River Thames froze over for the first time in 60 years as the Beast from the East 2 blasted Britain.
The Baltic blast froze Trafalgar Square’s fountains and brought large amounts of snowfall to regions across the country.
But not everyone in Britain will be enjoying a mild weekend — with the Met Office issuing a weather warning for wind in north west Scotland.
Nots of families and people walking along the seafront and promenade in HastingsCredit: Alamy Live News
Members of the public enjoy exercising in Richmond Park, South West London as temperatures hit 16cCredit: London News Pictures
Warm winter sunshine with breezy winds in the seaside town of Hastings in East SussexCredit: Alamy Live News
Interruptions to power supplies and other services were affected as they battled the February deluge.
The Met Office said: “Following recent rain, and further rain on Thursday, another band of rain is expected to become slow moving over Wales and western England.
“Whilst many places will see a spell of heavy rain, high ground of southwest England and south Wales, exposed to the south, will likely see the largest rainfall totals.
“Here, some 70-100 mm of rain is possible, with the most exposed parts of Dartmoor and the Brecon Beacons potentially seeing up to 150 mm by Sunday lunchtime.
“As well as heavy rain, strong to gale force southerly winds will be an additional hazard.”
The southern weather warnings will be in place for a total of 51 hours – lasting until midday on Sunday.
And in Scotland, melting snow is likely to contribute to the flood risk in the area.
Fire crews from Crickhowell and Talgarth draining water from the floodsCredit: Wales News Service
Flooding in the village of Crickhowell, Powys where the Usk river has burst its banksCredit: Wales News Service