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Brits will bathe in highs since records began next week after a bitterly cold weekend.
Parts of the country will be warmer than Ibiza and Saint Tropez, after a 'mixed' weekend bringing unsettled weather with rain and wintry showers.
Mercury could rise to 24C in the south east of England by Tuesday, and it would be the second day in March that temperatures have reached such Met Office back in 1884.
The maximum temperature recorded ever in the month was 25.6C in 1968 in Cambridgeshire.
But the hot spell will come after wintry showers and a deep plunge in temperatures over the weekend.
People in the north will be battered with strong winds and rain, particularly western areas of Scotland, where the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning.
Those in the northern regions may see 80-100mm of rainfall, and a whopping 150-200mm over the highest ground, the Met Office forecast has said.
Southern England and Wales will instead see sunshine on Saturday before overcast skies and winds on Sunday.
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Mercury is predicted to reach highs of 14C in these areas.
Met Office forecaster, Greg Dewhurst, told the PA news agency: "The weekend should be a mixed bag for many with a big north-south split.
"Southern regions will certainly see the warmer, sunnier conditions with a band of rain moving through Northern Ireland on Saturday afternoon before heading into parts of northern England and Scotland.
"Saturday will certainly be the better of the two days, with Sunday becoming windy and grey for most."
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Southerly winds, along with high pressure, would move in on Monday, Mr Dewhurst added.
He said: "Into next week large swathes of southern England and Wales will be dry with warmer temperatures than expected for this time of year, the average for March being 11-12C.
"The mercury could reach a high of around 18C on Monday, with Tuesday seeing highs of 24C (75.2F).
"Much of the UK will remain dry and bright until Wednesday, while parts of Scotland will see some heavy showers."
The weather is expected to change again in the middle of next week, with cold air bringing another plunge in temperatures for Easter weekend.
In turn, wintry showers in the coldest areas predicted to be Scotland, could see snowfall.
The coldest Easter weekend on record was in 2013 when minus 12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, on Easter Sunday, while the wettest as in 1991 when 108.7mm of rainfall was recorded at Seatoller, in Cumbria, on Easter Monday.
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