The UK might be in the grip of an Arctic blast but, with the official start of spring just 11 days away, it could still herald the arrival of some welcome warmer weather.
For now, there is no respite from the severe weather warnings or heavy snow fall that many regions of the UK have been subjected to this week with more forecasted to be on its way across the north of England, Scotland and large swathes of Northern Ireland.
But the Met Office has told the Daily Express that the nation will soon be able to look forward to the sight of mercury rising, even if late March and early April will still see some unsettled periods.
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Stephen Dixon, a Met Office spokesman, said: "During the latter part of March and through to early April, temperatures are most likely to be around average with milder interludes favoured in the south and colder interludes favoured in the north.
"However, although uncertain, there are signals for more unsettled conditions in the south, with periods of wind and rain possible at times."
Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, also did not reject claims of warmer weather approaching and weather maps from WXCHARTS show the south east could well bask in highs of up to 15C before the end of March.
Mr Dale said: "Temperatures are going that way, up, albeit slowly and from the south upwards, we can expect to see some spikes by April."
The south east, particularly areas south of London, have escaped the worst of the snow.
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Regions such as Essex, Cambridgeshire, parts of Hertfordshire and Berkshire are without any weather warnings for snow and ice.
And it's these areas which could be set for the warmest conditions by the end of March.
In terms of when the nation's fortunes will collectively change, Mr Dale added: "It'll be mid-month for all but a bit up and down with Scotland holding on to snow for a while yet."
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