The UK will continue to experience “t-shirt weather” until 2022 arrives but days after it does, snow could fall with areas between Manchester and Edinburgh expected to be affected
The warm winter weather will come to an abrupt end as the New Year arrives following a “tropical” plume which has Brits leaving their coats at home.
The unseasonably mild conditions will continue until the end of 2021 with some areas expected to see highs of 16C later this week.
But those who don’t like the cold should make the most of it – there could be more snow on the way in January but only after a balmy News Year’s Eve .
It has been an unsettled December with storms, freezing temperatures and sudden mercury surges.
The UK is expected to have the warmest New Years Eve since 2011 – but things will change soon after.
According to WXCharts, snow could fall in parts of Scotland on January 3.
The snow maps show how temperatures will drop down close to freezing for much of England and Wales by Tuesday next week.
By January 3, temperatures could hit a bone-chilling -3C in the Scottish Highlands.
The charts show parts of the UK being hit with around two inches of snow per hour on January 6.
The areas between Manchester and Edinburgh are the areas expected to be primarily affected, it has been forecast.
Meteorologist Jim Dale says things are very much going to change days after we say goodbye to 2021.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “Then we’re expecting a bit of a northerly blast, an area of low pressure.
“It changes the entire air stream and we get a blast of Polar air, for a few days, and the potential for snow, before even that sort of ebbs away slowly as we go towards the following days.”
But while it will be warm, it certainly won’t be sunny.
Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told the Mirror: “The record is 14.8C on New Year’s Eve and that was in 2011, temperatures look like they’ll be 14 to 15C so it is possible that temperatures could be that value.
“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. Going forward, we’re looking at highs of around 12-14C, possibly locally 15C in one or two spots, so it’s going to be well above average.”
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“It isn’t going to be blue skies all week,” he added.
“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.”
Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell says temperatures are set to return to average in January.
Normally the UK sees average daytime temperatures of 7-8C in the South and 3-4C in the North in January, he said, with night-time temperatures of 2-3C in the South and 0C in the North.
“After New Year’s Eve there is a trend for temperatures to return nearer to normal”, he said.
“That’s not surprising as temperatures are way above average.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.