Thursday, 27 Jan 2022

Forecasters say ‘move celebrations outside’ for ‘warmest New Year’s ever’

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Brits will be 'dancing in the streets' tonight as the nation can prepare for the warmest New Years Eve on record, according to forecasters.

Pubs, restaurants and families up and down the nation are gearing up to hold alfresco celebrations as the Met Office predicts temperatures to be as high as 12C when the clock strikes midnight to begin 2022.

Garden centres are even reported to be getting in on the warmed-up celebrations by putting on bonfires and barbecues, while many larger events — such as the annual Hogmany in Edinburgh and the planned Trafalgar Square celebrations in London — have been cancelled already due to the Omicron outbreak.

Earlier on in the day the mercury is expected to reach 15C, which would surpass the previous record temperature of 14.8C set in Colwyn Bay on December 31, 2011.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell told The Guardian: “Records are under threat on both days,”

“Even at midnight it is likely to be 10-12C when you would expect it to be more like 3-5C. You won’t need a full winter outfit on and you can probably move your celebrations outside.”

The unusual warm conditions are down to warm air from the Azores and the central Atlantic drifting into the UK.

However, this same weather pattern is also feared to bring heavy rain for many in the morning of December 31, with nine flood warnings now issued by the Environment Agency.

The North West of England is especially likely to be affected, and 10mm of rain could fall in some areas of Cumbria, Lancashire, and Yorkshire.

The Met Office have said temperatures would begin to fall again after New Year's Day, with bank holiday Monday expected to be considerably cooler.

Snow is also expected to return to higher ground in Scotland next week.

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