South of England could be as warm as 18C Barcelona this week – but rain warnings in force for North and Scotland

THE SOUTH of England could be as warm as sunny Barcelona this week with temperatures soaring to 18C.

Meanwhile the North of the country and Scotland will see two days of Amber rain warnings with heavy showers expected.

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Brits in the south were treated to a balmy weekend with the mercury hitting as high as 16C in parts of London, and the warm weather is set to continue.

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said mid-teen temperatures are expected to continue across the nation, which will seem "especially warm" following the recent freezing weather.

He said: "We're getting milder and wetter air from the west causing warmer weather all round, but we're a way off hitting a February record."

Tomorrow will see some bright and sunny spells in the south-east with highs of 13C.

But throughout the rest of the week temperatures will rise yet again with some areas seeing highs of 18C on Wednesday.

This will mean parts of England will be hotter than Barcelona where the mercury will reach 16C.

This comes after a month of freezing weather which has seen severe snowfall across the UK.

The UK’s coldest temperature for 65 years was recorded in Aberdeenshire when locals endured -23C.

But not everyone in Britain will be enjoying a mild week – with the Met Office issuing FIVE weather warnings for rain.

Scotland and parts of the north will have to endure heavy downfalls of rain with amber and yellow warnings in place.

The Met Office has warned there could be danger to life from midnight tonight until midday on Wednesday with fast flowing and deep floodwater likely.

Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings and there is a good chance some communities will be cut off by flooded roads.

Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are expected with flooding leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

Scotland will be worst hit by the deluge, and 120mm of water is set to fall over a 36-hour period on Tuesday and Wednesday for areas including Perth, Stirling, and Dumfries and Galloway.

And the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning covering all of Northern Ireland coming into place at 3am on Tuesday and covers the entire day.

Most areas are expected to get between 15-30mm of rain while some parts could be bombarded with between 40-50mm.

But the warm weather in the south is not all good news as the un-seasonal weather may also cause a spot of bother for hayfever sufferers as the above average temperatures could trigger an increase in pollen levels.

The National Pollen Monitoring Network based at the University of Worcester forecasts fungal spores will be moderate to high until next week.

Dr Beverley Adams-Groom, chief pollen forecaster, at the NPMN, said: "At this time of year, we usually see hazel and alder tree pollen coming into peak season.

"The pollen is released during mild weather in dry and breezy conditions like those we are experiencing at the moment and which will continue over the coming week.

"The minority of hay fever sufferers who are affected by these pollen types are likely to be affected."

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