Spring has sprung: Londoners to bask in 16-degree heat today

 
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The official beginning of spring is just under two weeks away, but the weather has been gracing us with a preview of what's to come.

Following a turbulent February, those in London and the South East will welcome a dry and bright day with plenty of sunny spells today - with maximum temperature hitting 16 degrees, says the Met Office.

Parts of the country are expected to be hotter than Istanbul, where the mercury will just about reach 12 degrees, according to a report in the Independent.

Londoners should make the most of the sunshine as temperatures are expected to dip to 12 degrees on Friday as the cloud thickens - though there will be bright intervals throughout the day.

The weekend, however, is looking rather more drab - we will experience patchy rain at times with some drier spells, although temperatures could reach highs of 14 degrees on Saturday, so it’s not all bad news.

The tail end of last month saw the UK experience the hottest day of the year so far with the mercury reaching higher than average temperatures of 17 degrees.

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