The sun's out… but spring hasn't sprung: Temperatures to fall again by end of the week (and snow could make a comeback)Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands saw temperatures of 13.4C yesterday
South East and East Anglia could see snow flurries by the end of the week
01:19 GMT, 18 February 2013
10:18 GMT, 18 February 2013
Britain enjoyed an early taste of spring yesterday as the country basked in sunshine and some ventured out for the first time this year without a coat.
Just days after snow brought disruption to parts of the country, temperatures jumped into double figures.
But those hoping that winter was behind us were warned it is going to get gradually colder through the week as many schools are on half term and more snow is forecast.
Spring time: Two year old Florence Cobb is pictured enjoying the spring-like weather in Cambridgeshire yesterday, but it's not set to last with temperatures dropping this week
Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands was the warmest place in the country yesterday at 13.4c (56f).
But it was not enough to beat the highest temperature of the year, 14.5c (58f), recorded at Hawarden in Wales on 29 January.
Parks filled with families and dog walkers as the sun shone down after weeks of frost, snow and floods.
Some of those enjoying a Sunday afternoon stroll were able to enjoy the mild temperatures without wearing a coat.
Tourists enjoyed punting on the River Cam in Cambridge, while purple, white and yellow crocuses started to bloom along the Backs.
Sunny: Punters enjoy the sun on the River Cam in Cambridgeshire yesterday
After a cold start to the month, the warm weather was a welcome surprise and some gardeners made the most of the fine spell to weed and trim.
Children starting their half term holidays also headed to parks and playgrounds, where the soggy grass was finally starting to dry out.
But forecasters said we should make the most of the sunny weather as temperatures will dip by the end of the week and there is a chance of yet more snow.
Michael Lawrence of the Met Office said: ‘The weekend has been dry and fine, but the next few days will get more cloudy and cooler.
‘The Western parts of the country will see sunny spells for much of the week, but the East will see a downward trend.
Cold: Snowy scenes like this one from Tring in Hertfordshire earlier this month could make a return
‘There will be less sun as the week goes on and temperatures will fall.’
Matt Dobson of Meteo Group said: ‘It is going to get progressively colder with yet another wintery period coming.
‘By Thursday and Friday parts of the South East and East Anglia could see flurries of snow. The wind in the south will be quite brisk.
‘We’re going to notice it being colder again after the warmer weekend. But any snow is likely to be just a dusting of around a centimetre, rather than causing the sort of disruption we’ve seen.’
Just a few days ago parts of the country were blanketed with snow, with as much as four inches recorded in the worst-hit towns, such as High Wycombe, at the start of the week.
Around a dozen schools closed in the Midlands, one of the worst-hit regions. North England was also badly affected.
In Scotland, three people died after an avalanche in the Cairngorms.