Forecasters warn of high winds in parts of northern Scotland today, with a yellow warning in place between 10am and 5pm today
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A yellow weather warning for strong winds has been issued by the Met Office.
Affected areas are in the Highlands & Eilean Siar and Strathclyde in northern Scotland, where gusts of up to 75mph are forecast.
It is in place between 10am and 5pm today.
The Met Office warned that the storms could cause transport chaos, as well as possible power cuts.
The yellow warning states: “It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.”
Elsewhere it is predicted that the UK could see a record-breaking January 1.
Brits are set to enjoy more balmy weather on New Year’s Day and the record for the hottest January 1 is under threat, the Met Office said.
While skies may have been overcast and there has been plenty of rain, the UK had an unseasonably mild end to December and recorded the hottest New Year’s Eve with 15.8C in Merryfield, Somerset, and Nantwich, Cheshire.
Now as people wake up from New Year’s celebrations they can expect another warm day with temperatures in the teens and a possible new record.
Friday saw temperatures reaching 15.8C that beat the previous record of 14.8C, that was reached in Colwyn Bay in 2011, and it was warm throughout the country.
Forecasters at the Met Office have said temperatures may again get into the mid teens and could topple the record of 15.6C for New Year’s Day.
The Met Office is expecting highs of 14C or 15C.
Forecaster Craig Snell said: “It’s not out of the realms of possibility.
“It is the first time since December 2016 that we have had three consecutive days reach 15C. It has been a prolonged mild spell.
“It may break records (for New Year’s Day), but I was much more confident we would see record-breaking temperatures on New Year’s Eve because the record for New Year’s Day is a bit higher.
“It will still be an exceptionally mild start to 2022.”
Mr Snell point out that the average temperature in December and the beginning of January is usually around 7C or 8C, and this year’s warmer temperatures have been due to a south-westerly wind making its way across the country.
He added that the higher temperatures are usually localised, but “plenty of places” have seen highs of 15C over December.
On Friday, Somerset House in London confirmed it would be closing its ice rink on New Year’s Day due to warmer temperatures.
A spokesperson for Somerset House tweeted: “Skate update: Due to the effect of the on-going warm temperatures on the quality of the ice, we have had to make the difficult decision to also close our ice rink on 1 January. All customers are being contacted directly and given a full refund.”