Temperatures could soar to 18C in Britain today as the country enjoys one of the warmest days of the year so far.
Southerners will experience a mild start to the week, with thermometers peaking in the late teens - potentially making some areas of the country warmer than the likes of Majorca, Madrid, Athens and Ibiza today.
But while it will be dry and reasonably sunny in the South and South East of the country, towards the North and North West there will be more cloud and the chance of drizzle for the first half of the week.
The sunrise at Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear this morning as today could be one of the warmest days of the year so far
A photographer captures the stunning sunrise in Whitley Bay this morning with astronomical spring just over a week away
Whitley Bay sunrise: Temperatures could soar to 18C today as Britain enjoys one of the warmest days of the year so far
A stunning sunrise this morning at Avon Beach in Mudeford, Dorset, as Britain prepares for a mild spring day today
A spectacular view of Corfe Castle in Dorset under a beautiful morning sunrise today on what will be a mild day for many
Sunrise at Avon Beach in Dorset, as forecasters predicted a 30 per cent chance that temperatures will hit 18C today
Tomorrow there could be gales in North of England and North West Scotland, with gusts of up to 60mph - while the warm spell today follows a chilly night, with an overnight frost affecting parts of England and Wales.
Towards the end of the week temperatures will fall but remain just above the average maximum highs for mid March - 8C or 9C (46 to 48F) in the North and between 9C and 11C (48 to 52F) in the South.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: 'We're looking tomorrow (Monday) at around 16C (61F), with about a 30 per cent chance of getting to 17 or 18C (62-64F) somewhere in the South or South East.
'Even that's just a little bit shy of this year's record, but certainly warm.' Temperatures will have to soar higher than the 18.3C (65F) recorded on February 20 in London to become the hottest day of 2017.
Saturday was 17.7C in Gravesend, Kent, making it the second warmest day of the year so far, while Sunday was 16.4C at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire.
With the start of astronomical spring just over a week away, if today makes it up to 18C then it will be hotter than the 17C expected in Majorca, 14C in Madrid, 15C in Athens and 16C in Ibiza.
But Mr Petagna quashed hopes that it could be the hottest March week ever, as thousands of race-goers prepare to descend on Cheltenham, where they can expect a 'fair bit of cloud' but will enjoy largely dry conditions.
The forecaster said it was unlikely that the mercury will reach 25.6C (78F) - the highest ever March temperature recorded on March 29 in 1968 in Mepal, Cambridgeshire.