UK weather: This weekend could break records with warmest February day

21 February 2019, 12:19 | Updated: 21 February 2019, 16:15

Temperatures in the UK could break records this weekend for the warmest day in February.

High pressure from Europe is predicted to move across the UK, bringing dry and sunny weather to many parts.

Sky News' weather producer Chris England said the UK's record of 19.7C (67.46F), which was recorded in London on 13 February 1998, may not be beaten, "but there's a greater chance" that national records for Scotland 17.9C (64.22F) and Wales 18.6C (65.48F) could be broken.

"We're likely to see temperatures of 17 (62.6F) or 18C (64.4F) in places, especially over areas to the north of high ground - for example, parts of North Wales, northern England and northern Scotland," he added.

Aboyne in Scotland reached 17.9C at on Thursday, which equals the February record maximum for Scotland, which was last reached on 22 February 1897.

The Welsh record temperature for February was set at 18.6C (65.5F) in Powys in 1990 and the highest in Northern Ireland was 17.8C (64.0F) in Bryansford in 1998.

Met Office spokesman Richard Miles said Scotland could possibly experience record-breaking temperatures this weekend, but that "a lot would have to align" for the UK-wide record to be broken.

Despite the unusually high temperatures, the South East of England could see some frost over the weekend.

Mr Miles said: "Everywhere is going to be having a mild weekend, although you might get some light frost in the South East where the skies are clear."

Western areas of the UK could experience patches of light rain, he added.

Looking forward to next week, the mild conditions seem likely to continue.

Mr Miles said: "It looks like it is going to be much the same sort of picture, at least until Tuesday."