Britain is set to enjoy an early hint of spring this week as temperatures rise to 15C (59F) in parts of the country.
After a chilly start to the week that saw the mercury drop to -4.2C (24F) in Yorkshire yesterday, temperatures should hit double figures most days this week – with Thursday expected to be the warmest in southern England.
And there are signs that the milder weather is here to stay for the moment, with the Met Office forecasting temperatures to be 'around or just above normal' next week - apart from in the North West.
The above average temperatures - arriving well ahead of the start of meterological spring on March 1 - will present a stark contrast to the sub-zero chill a fortnight ago that saw the mercury fall to -14.4C (6.1F) amid heavy snow.
St Mary's Lighthouse at Whitley Bay in North Tyneside prior to sunrise this morning as temperatures become milder
Joggers enjoy an early morning run around the perimeter of Sefton Park in Liverpool next to daffodils yesterday
England and Wales will enjoy a bright start today after a few patches of mist clear, while Scotland and Northern Ireland will be mostly cloudy with some rain. It will also be wet in some parts of the West this evening.
Through the night, the North will become cloudy and wet, but clear spells will develop across southern regions – before tomorrow brings a dry day with sunny spells for many, especially in Wales, central and southern England
There will be more cloud in the North with patchy rain in Scotland and northern England, mostly in the morning. On Thursday, most areas will be dry, mild and sunny but there will be cloud and rain in North West Scotland.
Friday will start dry and sunny but a band of rain will affect western areas in the afternoon. The band of rain will south-eastwards on Saturday, but the rain becomes increasingly light and patchy.
Temperatures will rise today following a chilly start and should get into double figures in most areas by the afternoon
Last week gusts of up to 80mph hit the UK as Storm Erik blew across the country, causing deaths and delaying the transport network.
On Saturday a kitesurfer died amid strong winds in an incident on the Saunton Sands beach in north Devon, although a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police would not confirm whether the death was weather-related.
On Friday morning a 50-year-old man died on the A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon, and in Wales a van driver was killed after he collided with a fallen tree on the B4306 between Pontyberem and Llannon in west Wales.
Road and rail users were faced with delays as a result of the weather with speed limits put in place on the East Coast Main Line and drivers advised to take extra care.