Britain will warm up for Valentine’s Day with forecasters expecting plenty of sunshine thanks to an African air plume.
Some parts of the UK could reach 15C – making it the warmest Valentine’s Day for 21 years.
And Friday could be even warmer, with the mercury possibly set to top 17C.
The Met Office has predicted a mild and sunny day for most.
Early mist and fog will clear to make way for brighter weather, although there may be some drizzle in high areas.
Overnight fog is expected to settle, although Friday will be dry, sunny and mild, forecasters believe.
Britain could be hotter than 14C Malibu Beach, California, and romantic cities including 13C Paris and 8C Venice.
Balmy highs and sunny spells are forecast to continue into next week.
A Met Office forecaster said: “Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason it’s warming up. Exceptionally high afternoon temperatures up to 16C could be seen. Into next week will be mild for some.”
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “High pressure has the UK under a southerly flow of warm air pulled up from north Africa.
“17C could be seen by Friday, with a lot of dry and very mild springlike weather into next week.”
The UK’s five day forecast at-a-glance
A sunny day in England and Wales after any early mist and fog clears. Cloudier skies at first in northern areas with patchy rain and drizzle over the hills, although gradually turning brighter through the day. Mild for most.
Clear skies at first tonight, but mist and fog patches will form in some places, mainly across England and Wales.
Fog patches will slowly clear on Friday morning leaving a dry, sunny and mild day for many. However, cloud will increase in the west with rain in the northwest later.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Generally cloudier with outbreaks of rain or showers spreading in from the west. Windy at times, particularly in the northwest. Mild over the weekend, but turning colder on Monday.
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