UK weather forecast – Hottest Valentine’s Day EVER for Britain with Azores heatwave before cold snap returns

LOVED up Brits are set to bask in 16c hot weather this Thursday as a heatwave sweeps in from the Azores in time for Valentine’s Day.

It could even be the hottest February 14 ever – if the mercury manages to creep up to 19.1C – as bookies slash odds in the lead up to the big day.

After suffering through blustering winds and heavy snowfall, the mild weather is arriving just in time for the most romantic day of the year.

Couples will be out all over the UK celebrating the occasion – but they won’t have to wrap up warm unlike a typical winter’s night.

Forecasters are calling it a “spring-like” day with bright sunshine and light winds.

Set to be the warmest day of 2019 so far, higher than normal temperatures are due to mild air being pushed from the Azores, a region of Portugal.

WARMEST DAY OF 2019 SO FAR

The temperature there is currently 17C and due to high pressure in mainland Europe we’re being blessed with the same balmy weather.

Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for the Weather Outlook told The Sun Online: “The weather during the coming days will be very mild for mid February. Temperatures could reach 16C (61F) later this week in the southern half of the UK.

Mid February – Valentine’s Day – often brings some of the coldest weather of the UK winter but this year it looks like many of us can expect an early taste of spring.

“The mild conditions are the result of the UK being sandwiched between high pressure over the near continent and areas of low pressure in the Atlantic. They combine to leave the UK under a south or southwesterly air stream which pulls warm air up from northern Africa.

“Although most computer models show the likelihood of above temperatures for much of the rest of February it is too early to write off the winter. If the continental high pressure block migrates northwards it could open the floodgates to very cold air from the north or east.”