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New Year’s Eve could be mildest on record, Met Office says


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New Year’s Eve could be the mildest on record, with temperatures forecast to be as high as 15C (59F), the Met Office has said.

The previous record for New Year’s Eve was set in 2011, when temperatures hit 14.8C (58.6F) but that that record could be matched, or even surpassed in some parts of the UK.

Met Office Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: “The record is 14.8C on New Year’s Eve and that was in 2011, temperatures look like they’ll be 14 to 15C (57.2-59F) so it is possible that temperatures could be that value.”

Mr Dewhurst said the weather in the week leading up to New Year’s Eve will be “on the mild side”, adding: “We’re going to see across the whole of the country, through the rest of this week, temperatures that are above average for this time of year.

“The average temperature in the UK around this time of year should be around 7-8C (44.6-46.4F).

“Going forward, we’re looking at highs of around 12-14C (53.6-57.2F), possibly locally 15C in one or two spots, so it’s going to be well above average.”

Over Christmas, there was snowfall in Yorkshire and Scotland, but Mr Dewhurst warned Brits will not be basking in unseasonable snow.

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“It isn’t going to be blue skies all week,” he said.

A woman walks her dog through the snow at Slayley in Northumberland. Parts of England from the East Midlands to the North-East have joined Scotland in preparing for blizzard-like conditions on Boxing Day as the white Christmas continues. Picture date: Sunday December 26, 2021.
Image: Parts of England from the East Midlands to Scotland experienced a white Christmas this year

“There’s going to be cloud at times as well as strong winds and heavy rain, particularly across the North and the West of the UK.”

New Year’s celebrations in the UK are expected to be muted this year, with rising COVID-19 rates due to the Omicron variant.

Celebrations in Trafalgar Square have been cancelled by London Mayor Sadiq Khan “in the interests of public safety”, while free travel on the London Underground has also been scrapped.

Celebrations in London last year were a more muted affair
Image: Celebrations in London last year were a more muted affair due to the pandemic

Mr Khan said that with COVID-19 infections at “record levels” in the capital he is “determined to work closely with partners to do everything we possibly can to slow the spread of the new (Omicron) variant”.

He added that there were no weather warnings in place, but parts of the UK will see gale force winds later in the week.

“Gales are possible at times in the South and the West as we move through the week,” he said.

 Sky News

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Written by: Rother Radio News

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