UK weather: Temperatures could be warmer than Barcelona over the weekend hitting 17C

Britain will be very warm but there won't be much sunshine

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Parts of Britain could be warmer than Barcelona and Athens at the weekend as warm temperatures herald the start of spring.

It was a balmy 12C in Padstow, Cornwall, today and the mercury will be rising over the weekend to hit 17C in much of the country.

A forecaster at the Met Office said: “It will be fine and dry for most of Britain tomorrow with some patchy sunshine around.

“We are not looking at summer temperatures but it will be mid-teens, which is slightly above average for this time of year.

A Blue Tit sits in the lake amongst blossom in Forest Hill in London.

“Most of the country will see these warmer temperatures but on Sunday it will start to cool down towards average.”

Part of north-west Scotland has a yellow warning of rain in place from today until noon on Sunday as a slow-moving weather front comes in.

The Met Office is warning people to be aware of the risk of localised flooding and transport disruption as up to 20cm of rainfall is expected in the West Highlands.

Melting snow in the higher temperatures could also swell rivers and streams.

The rest of the UK will also see wet weather next week as the low pressure system moves south.

A period of stormy weather is expected to start on Monday with a new weather front bringing gale force winds and heavy rain.