The UK will enjoy a mini-heatwave this week before temperatures plunge below zero once again.

The mercury could reach as high as 14C for some in the south of England and 12C in Scotland on Thursday, Valentine’s Day.

However there are fears relatively strong winds could take the edge off those temperatures.

High pressure over the continent this week is keeping things ‘fairly settled over the UK’.

But by the weekend the Met Office have warned temperatures will return to normal for this time of year – meaning more snow could be on the way.

Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans told The Sun : “Through this week were seeing more settled weather because we’ve got high pressure and that’s bringing the air up from the south west and that’s bringing us the milder temperatures.

“I think we could even go up to 15C in some of the days depending how cloudy it is. If we get some sunshine, we could see those highs in the south west of England.”

But it is not time to put the winter woolies away yet as forecasters fear another ‘Beast from the East’ could batter the UK.

At a similar time last year a severe weather system brought the country to a standstill with snow blocking roads, cutting off communities and cancelling flights.

John Hammond from Weathertrending said: "Southern and eastern areas are most prone to a continental chill from February 18, with an ongoing chance easterly winds will bring much colder air towards us."

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told the Daily Star: “We’ve certainly not had the last cold spell of winter.

“There are cold spells likely in the period from February 22 until March 10.

“We may see snow to low levels with nights below zero, although it’s too early to say how low temperatures will go.

“Spring might officially start on March 1 but there’s still potential cold ahead even in March.”

UK outlook (Thursday and Friday)

On Thursday, most will be dry, mild and sunny. However, there will be patchy cloud and outbreaks of rain in north-west Scotland during the morning. Moderate southerly winds. Friday will start dry and sunny but a band of rain will affect western areas in the afternoon. Moderate southerly winds.

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