09/03/2012 09:06 GMT

UK Weather: Mild Temperatures Forecast For Spring-Like Weekend (PICTURES)

The weather is likely to feel distinctly spring-like this weekend, with temperatures expected to a hit a verdant 17C.

Brits in the central and Eastern parts of the country will be packing away their hats and coats, with these regions expected to benefit most from the "spring-like" weather.

Those in the Midlands and in London will also enjoy higher temperatures, the Met Office said.

"We will see some sunshine in central and eastern parts of England,"

"When the sun comes out you could describe it as quite mild." explained the Met office

However the west of the UK will experience cloudy skies. " The further away you get from the Western coast the brighter the weather will be," the Met office said.

After a cold start to March temperatures are expected to remain in their high teens over the week - with no return of return and cloud expected. Stephen Davenport the senior Meteorologist at MeteoGroup UK predicted temperatures this months to be above average, writing: "A very mild weekend is coming up and, given that winds will be light and that potential daytime warming is becoming greater as the northern hemisphere gradually tilts towards the sun, it could feel distinctly warm in any sunshine."

See below for our slideshow of people enjoying the sun below.