Southern England is expected to be hit by a subtropical blast this weekend that will bring temperatures twice as high as normal.

A warm plume from the Azores will likely result in temperatures exceedingly high at 14C (57F) tomorrow. This is similar to what’s expected in Nice.

Highs up to 13C (55F are possible even in Wales and northern England. Normal UK temperature ranges from 7C to 45F in the early and mid-December.

Met Office forecasters warn that temperatures could plummet over the holiday period. There is also a risk of fogging and freezing the country. 

As Christmas shoppers drove up the streets of London, Newcastle and Bristol to make the most out of today’s unusual weather conditions, they were able to take advantage.    

A plume of warm air from the Azores is likely to result in maximum temperatures of 14C (57F) tomorrow, similar to those expected in Nice.

A plume of warm air from the Azores is likely to result in maximum temperatures of 14C (57F) tomorrow, similar to those expected in Nice.

A warm plume from the Azores will likely result in temperatures exceeding 14C (57F) tomorrow. This is similar to what’s expected in Nice

Birds flying across the water during sunrise in Rustington, West Sussex this morning as the southeast wakes up to bright skies

This morning, the southwest awakes to brighter skies and birds are seen flying over the waters at Rustington in West Sussex.

Sunrise over St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay off the North East coast earlier this morning

Sunrise above St Mary’s Lighthouse at Whitley Bay, North East coast.

The UK will see milder weather this week, after a cold start with strong winds and heavy rains.

The southeast is likely to have experienced brighter skies, a chill and more rain than the north.  

England and Wales will be cloudy and mild tonight. Some rain is expected to fall in the west. Showers will affect the northwest, but it will clearer farther north. 

A wind-farm seen on the horizon during as the sun rises in an orange sky in Rustington, West Sussex on Saturday

On Saturday, a windfarm can be seen at the horizon as the sun rises under an orange sky in Rustington (West Sussex).

Tonight will be the coldest day in the coming days. Parts of Scotland could experience a frost, as temperatures drop to 32F (0C) tonight.

Showers and drizzle will sweep England and Wales on Sunday and then move eastwards to Northern Ireland and Scotland. 

Tomorrow morning, many people in the southeast should expect temperatures to rise into the double digits. Some areas in London and Bristol will experience highs of 55F (13.3C), above what is normal for this time.  

Scotland, on the other hand, will welcome Sunday with gray skies. In parts of the northwest, yellow warnings have been posted for severe wind gusts and high winds. 

Fiery skies over the farmers' fields at sunrise on Saturday morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

Sunny skies above the fields of farmers at dawn in Dunsden (Oxfordshire)

The skies were red as the sun rose over Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning, with the weather turning grey

The skies were red as the sun rose over Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning, with the weather turning grey

In the exposed areas along the coast, winds can reach up to 90 mph.

Daniel Rudman is an expert meteorologist at Met Office. He stated that the Yellow Warning Area could be more susceptible to gusts of 50-60mph.

“There will be some rain from the low pressure system. There will be heavy downpours in the northwest on Sunday, but they will not last long.”

From Monday onwards the weather is expected to be milder, with temperatures likely reaching double digits during the day but largely unsettled. 

Pink and orange clouds over fields in Oxfordshire on Saturday as the southeast woke up to a bright start in the morning

On Saturday, pink and orange clouds dominated fields in Oxfordshire as the southeast got a bright start to the day.

As winds sweep across the North, rain will affect the UK’s west coast.

According to the Environmental Agency local flooding is also possible today, tomorrow and on Monday across parts of Wales due to the rainfall. 

Although there is some flood risk in rivers and water surface areas of northern and central England, this is unlikely.

Today’s Met Office spokesperson said that the weather was “typical December weather”: rain, wind, and dry periods.

Whitley Bay. While much of the north experienced rain this morning the drizzle is set to spread across the country today

Whitley Bay. The drizzle that fell this morning in much of the north was a welcome sight.

Birds sitting the rocks during sunrise in Rustington, West Sussex earlier this morning

This morning, birds sat on the rocks in Rustington West Sussex during sunrise

The morning saw candy floss coloured skies at daybreak over trees in Dunsden, Oxfordshire earlier this morning

This morning, candy floss-coloured sky was seen at dawn over Dunsden trees.

“We are expecting very strong winds to blow tomorrow night. We’ll keep an eye out for that.”

“At the moment we are getting weather systems from the west.

“At this moment in time, the Atlantic seems pretty unstable.”

However, as temperatures rise in the southern region with some clouds and rain, northwesters will experience a mild winter that includes sunshine and showers. 

Fog, which can last for all of the day and is slower to clear up in the mornings, will become more common throughout the week.

Temperatures in the South could decrease as Christmas Day approaches. However, it will be milder in northwest, where there is a greater chance of fogging and freezing.

According to the Met Office, temperatures are likely to remain near average for most people. However, they will be milder in the north and possibly turning colder in the south by Christmas.

Stephen Dixon, of the Meteorological Office, said: ‘Today, we could see temperatures reaching 54F (12C) rising to 57F (14C) in parts of southern England tomorrow.

“It’s quite a bit warmer than the average seasonal temperature.”

Some areas were already flooded with over half of December’s rainfall due to the unsettled beginning.

Cheshire averaged 2.07inches of rainfall between December 1-9. This is 64% less than the average long-term monthly rain, and Derbyshire averaged 2.39inches, or 60% more.

Northern England received an average rainfall of 1.76inches per month, 43% more than the average monthly rain total. The UK, however, had an average rain of 1.68inches, 34% less than the December long-term average.

The Met Office stated that most locations would typically receive around 29.9% of the monthly total within the first nine days.

Rainy weather could deliver another 2 inches to the high ground in North Wales this weekend, and 0.4-0.8 inches in north England.

For the remainder of Advent, expect more unsettled conditions. However, during Christmas and New Year forecasters predict’settled’ conditions with an increase in frost and fog during clearer periods.