Get ready for a real taste of Spring!

That was the message from Huddersfield weather expert Paul Stevens as the wild, wet and windy weather of recent weeks is set to give way to sunshine and rising temperatures.

It looks likely that the weekend could even see temperatures rise as high as 13° or 14° with plenty of sunshine at least on Saturday.

That means weather-weary Britons could bask in temperatures of up to 17C (62.6F) as a wave of high pressure sends the mercury rising in southern England this weekend.

Much of the country can expect to enjoy temperatures in the mid-teens on Saturday and Sunday, weeks after heavy downpours and gale-force winds flooded communities and brought the transport network to its knees.

The dry spell - and likely accolade of Sunday being the warmest day of the year to date - will no doubt come as welcome relief to those still dealing with the aftermath of flood-damaged homes.

Huddersfield will not be as warm as parts of the south but Mr Stevens said the area would benefit from warm winds coming direct to the UK from North Africa and the Canary islands.

“It will be breezy but there should definitely be a much warmer feel to the weather.

“It has been improving throughout this week and by the time we reach Saturday we should see temperatures well into double figures and if we get rid of some of the cloud, we could see it reach 14°.

“Sunday may see more in the way of cloud but next week looks set to be dominated by high pressure sitting right on top of us and that should mean warm days and cold nights, perhaps with temperatures down to freezing.

“It marks an end to the wet and windy weather we have had over the past few weeks and is also a marked difference to March last year.

 

“That proved to be the coldest on record, with temperatures averaging only 1.8° and of course from March 19 onwards we had several days of heavy snow in the town”.

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