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Britain's weather seems to have skipped a season with the country jumping from -23C to 16C in little more than a week.
Forecasters are expecting a massive 39C swing following last week’s record lows, which even saw the River Thames freeze over for the first time in 58 years.
The coldest UK temperature for 65 years was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire last Wednesday, when the mercury dropped to -23C.
The cold snap even turned the 98ft-high waterfall Kinder Downfall, in Derbyshire, into a slippery climbing wall.
But by later this week experts reckon we’ll be basking in 16C T-shirt weather in the south of the country.
Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: “As an island, we are very susceptible to sudden and significant changes in weather system and temperature. What has been unusual though is quite how cold the weather has been over the past week.”
However, freezing rain, treacherous ice and 80mph gusts are expected to linger before the thaw arrives.
In Scotland and parts of Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England, weather warnings are in place for snow and ice.
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Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said: “Blizzard conditions will really significantly reduce visibility when driving. We have gusts in the region of 35mph to 40mph on the coast and nearly 30mph inland.”
He said it will be “quite wet and windy” for most of the week.
Britain’s warmest-ever February was just two years ago, with 20.6C registered in Trawsgoed, Ceredigion in Wales.
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