BRITS will be faced with a frosty start to Valentine’s Day this morning – but the sun will soon sweep in to send temperatures soaring.
An “African plume” is set to send the mercury rising to 17C – making much of Britain hotter than Malibu.
Scotland will get its warmest Valentine’s Day for 21 years, with the Met Office forecasting 16C in northern areas – 11C above average.
Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said a “mild southern airflow from Iberia or further south than that” will cause temperatures to soar.
He said: “Some of us could reach 15C or 16C, really quite exceptional for this time of year.”
Mr Keates said the UK would wake up to a frosty morning and the fog could take until mid-late morning to clear across England and Wales.
But a lot of sunshine is expected to develop.
The meteorologist added: “Here we could see some exceptionally high temperatures for the time of year – 15C or 16C certainly not out of the question.”
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The central belt meanwhile will be pushed up to 13C.
A weather map shows hot air blowing 2,000 miles from Africa to the UK.
Ladbrokes cut odds on the hottest February 14 ever – beating the 19.1C record – to 2/1.
Brits are getting really hot under the collar this Valentine’s Day
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: “Brits are getting really hot under the collar this Valentine’s Day.”
Scotland will be hotter than the 14C measured in Malibu Beach, California, and romantic cities including 13C Paris and 8C Venice.
Balmy highs and sunny spells are forecast to continue into next week as the 10-day warm spell continues.
Rain maps also suggest rain is unlikely to dampen anyone’s romantic evening.
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A Met Office forecaster said: “Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason it’s warming up. Exceptionally high afternoon temperatures up to 16C could be seen in northern Scotland. Into next week will be mild for some.”
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “High pressure has the UK under a southerly flow of warm air pulled up from north Africa.
“17C could be seen by Friday, with a lot of dry and very mild spring-like weather into next week.”
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