UK Weather: Calm and settled weather set for Valentine's Day weekend

Following a harsh cold snap, the weather is finally warming up

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After weeks of bitterly cold weather, the UK is set to enjoy calm, settled weather this week - just in time for Valentine's Day.

In some parts the mercury will rise into double figures, with sheltered areas in the sunshine feeling particularly pleasant.

Temperatures four degrees higher than average - at 11C - were felt as far afield as Leeming and Linton on Ouse in North Yorkshire, Plymouth in Devon, Leuchars in Fife, and Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, Met Office Dan Williams told The Independent.

However, other part were not offered the same level of respite, and were still experiencing temperatures as low as four or five – meaning the sun is playing an important factor in what feels like milder weather.

The pleasant climes come after snow blanketed parts of the UK, causing school closures and travel disruptions - including Manchester Airport temporarily shutting down.

Mr Williams explained that the sun is getting a little stronger as we head towards the end of winter.

He added the calm weather is caused by high pressure sitting over the UK, meaning it is likely to be “dry and settled” for the rest of the week until the weekend, while there might be some rain on Friday.

“A few places have seen a good deal of sunshine and enjoyed some pretty nice temperatures today, and it will feel quite mild out in the sun and feel very nice indeed," he said.

“But some places will have had pretty chilly day with cloudy conditions so it’s a real mixed bag, but everyone will be seeing pretty conditions," he added.