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If you were planning on wrapping up warm for New Year’s Eve, you might not need to after all because this year could be the mildest on record with temperatures as high as 15C, the Met Office has said.
This would beat the previous New Year’s Eve record of 14.8C (58.64F) which was set back in 2011.
However, this year could see that level matched, or even surpassed in some parts of the UK.
Met Office Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said to iNews: “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 added that the weather throughout the week 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.”
This comes after parts of the UK experienced a white Christmas, with snowfall being reported in parts of Yorkshire and Scotland.
However, Mr Dewhurst warned that Britons will not be basking in unseasonable sun, saying: “It isn’t going to be blue skies all week. 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.
“This is all being driven by low pressure systems moving across the Atlantic and bringing in the milder air and wet weather.”
He added that there were no weather warnings in place, but parts of the UK will be buttressed by 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.
After the New Year, temperatures could return to freezing with Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell revealing how temperatures are set to return to average in January following a mild late December.
He explained: "(After New Year’s Eve) there is a trend for temperatures to return nearer to normal. That’s not surprising as temperatures are way above average.”