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Today Is The UK's Hottest New Year's Eve On Record

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Today Is The UK's Hottest New Year's Eve On Record

Whatever your plans are for New Year's Eve, turns out you won't have to wrap up too warm.

Amid a notably mild end to the year, the Met Office has confirmed temperatures reached 15.8C in Merryfield, Somerset, marking the UK's warmest New Year's Eve on record.

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Credit: PA

In a tweet posted today (31 December), the national weather service wrote: "Temperatures have continued to climb this #NewYearsEve afternoon with Merryfield in Somerset recording 15.8 °C so far."

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This beats the previous New Year's Eve record of 14.8C (58.64F) which was set back in 2011 in Colwyn Bay, Wales.

Safe to say the weather is definitely on the mild side, and this is due to continue in the early days of 2022 for most areas of the UK.

Steve Ramsdale, a Met Office chief forecaster, said: "The current weather pattern is bringing extremely mild conditions to the UK - perhaps reaching around 16.0 °C in some parts.

"We also expect some very mild overnight temperatures as well with minimum temperature records being broken in places."

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To put these temperatures into perspective, Met Office Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said earlier this week that this is 'well above average'.

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

Tomorrow is predicted to continue with moderate temperatures, particularly in parts of southern and eastern England, with some northern areas due to experience bands of cloud and rain.

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"This is all being driven by low pressure systems moving across the Atlantic and bringing in the milder air and wet weather," said Dewhurst.

This comes after parts of the UK experienced a white Christmas, with snowfall being reported in Yorkshire and Scotland.

And while we might ring in 2022 without freezing our socks off, winter isn't over just yet - forecasters predict that things could very well take a dramatic turn as we get further into January.

After the New Year, temperatures could return to freezing, with Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell revealing how we could be back to an average January following a mild late December.

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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."

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Credit: PA

According to weather forecaster WXCharts, up to 10 inches of snow is predicted to hit the north of England including Newcastle and Northumberland.

It also suggests Scotland and the Highlands will see heavy snowfall as temperatures plummet below zero.

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In other words, the weather is all over the shop - best make the most of the milder weather while you still can.

Words: Daisy Phillipson

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Weather, UK News

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