Following a spell of unseasonal mild weather – with the mercury reaching as high as 16C in some areas of the UK – temperatures will begin to plummet back to normal winter levels by the end of the New Year’s weekend
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Brits will return to the chills of winter after temperatures smash records this New Year’s Eve with unseasonal highs of 16C.
Forecasters are predicting record-breaking weather this weekend, with warm air from the mid-Atlantic bringing milder temperatures across the UK.
The warm front sweeping the country from the southwest will replace cool northerly winds – leading to mid-teen highs which will remain from today and through New Year’s Eve.
The Met Office predicts the mild weather could smash records for warmest NYE as temperatures look set to tip over the 14.8C logged at Colwyn Bay in north Wales in 2011.
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But the balmy days won’t last long, with meteorologists predicting a return to chilly conditions by Monday January 3.
In Scotland and the north of England, temperatures will plummet to around 6C on the morning of Bank Holiday Monday as the south of England sees highs of 9C.
Craig Snell, forecaster with the Met Office, said the milder temperatures were “all to do with the wind direction”.
He said: “Earlier in the month we had some cold northerly winds, but from today the winds are coming in from the South West, you can trace the air back to the Azores and the central Atlantic.
“It’s still pretty warm there at this time of year, so we are tapping into the milder air that’s being dragged up to the UK.
“It means it’s very mild for the time of year, particularly in the South West of the UK.”
Temperatures today are expected to hit 16C along the south coast, but still some way short of the December record of 18.7C experienced in 2019.
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Mr Snell said: “I think people will continue to feel how mild it is over the coming days.
“We are keeping a close eye on the New Year’s Eve weather, because that record (14.8C) is quite under threat.
“But it looks like the transition (to cooler weather) will be on Bank Holiday Morning.
“We will see the winds switch around so temperatures will return down to normal, with a smidgen below normal in the north of the UK.”
It came as the Environment Agency issued more than 30 flood alerts on Wednesday morning, largely across central and south-west England, after heavy rainfall overnight.
Bookmaker Coral yesterday slashed odds from 3-1 to 6-4 for New Year’s Eve to be the hottest on record.
Spokesman John Hill said: “Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-teens over the next few days and that opens up the door for a potential record hot New Year’s Eve.
“We have slashed the odds in half on New Year’s Eve being a record breaker.
“It has also prompted support for January to be much hotter than usual in 2022.”
Brits who hate the cold should make the most out of the next few days after meteorologists predicted more snow looms as we move into the New Year.
It has been an unsettled December with storms, freezing temperatures and sudden mercury surges.
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.