A woman walks through the rain in London Britain is facing washout weather this week with warnings of a sharp drop in temperatures later next month.
But forecasters warned that the recent cold conditions could return in the second half of February, when a prolonged chill is expected.
A Met Office forecaster said: In the coming days, we are all likely to see some rain but there is the potential for the weather to get quite a bit milder, a few degrees above what might be expected for this time of year.
It will be unsettled though, windy at time with gales possible in some areas, he said.
The Met Office said wintry conditions could return within weeks.
During the second half of February, there are signs of a more prolonged colder spell developing, with high pressure centred over the UK, bringing in colder air from the continent, he said.
In some parts of the country that could mean temperatures drop below the average for the time of year, with the potential for the odd frost in some places.