London's weekend weather

After a week which has been categorised by mild temperatures and unsettled weather, this weekend is shaping up to be an equally mixed affair.

Crocuses in bloom this week. Credit: RHS Wisley

With horse racing at Sandown, Six Nations rugby at Twickenham, and the not-so-small issue of Arsenal's FA Cup battle, Saturday afternoon's weather is likely to be good news for the many spectators heading to London's big sporting events.

The first half of the weekend will be dry, despite a good deal of cloud and some mist or fog patches at first. But by mid-morning the sun will get to work, brightening the skies and helping to boost temperatures. Throughout the afternoon hours, light winds, sunny spells and temperatures potentially reaching 18 degrees will mean it looks - and feels - much more like spring.

However, the brighter skies will be relatively short-lived as Sunday sees the next swing in weather systems. With two fonts straddling the UK, stubborn bouts of wet weather will make it soggy outside for much of the day. A dip in temperatures is also likely for the second half of the weekend as cooler air dominates, hampered further by the cloud and rain. Despite this, it's still likely to be on the mild side for March and drying out for the start of the week.