Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said 2022 will start on a mild note, but temperatures will get colder next week. The cooling-off trend will affect most of the country, he added
The New Year will start on a mild note after Brits enjoyed unusual warm temperatures at the end of December, forecasters have said.
The last day of 2021 could be the hottest on record as warm air from the Azores and central Atlantic moves into the UK.
In the first few days of 2022, the mercury is likely to remain in double figures, before temperatures fall back to normal at the beginning of next week.
The Met Office said the weather on January 1 will be mild and breezy, with some rain expected towards the northwest.
Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said it will start to feel cooler by Bank Holiday Monday.
He told The Mirror: “As we go through the New Year weekend, temperatures will begin to fall back to something at least nearer to normal.
“By Monday, we’ll start seeing temperatures trend downwards, and by Tuesday or Wednesday next week we’ll start seeing a normal flow developing pretty much across all of the UK.
“Temperatures at that stage will be certainly back to single figures by day, with a touch of frost in places by night.”
Mr Snell said in London the mercury will be around 15C today and tomorrow, but by next Tuesday, temperatures will drop to 7C or 8C.
He said the “cooling-off trend” will also affect Scotland, where an average temperature of 3C or 4C is expected by Tuesday.
The forecaster added: “The weather will remain fairly changeable, we still have some spells of wind and rain to get through before we see this year out.
“As the go into the weekend, we will also see some rain across the country.”
Mr Snell added the UK could also see more blue skies, with sunny spells expected at the beginning of 2022.
However, as the weather gets colder, wintry conditions are expected, with snow showers likely in Scotland.
The meteorologist added that even though people will notice a difference in weather conditions between the end of December and the beginning of January, temperatures will not be below average.
The highest temperature recorded by the Met Office yesterday was 15.7C at Exeter Airport in Devon, closely followed by St James’ Park in London with a temperature of 15.6C.
A Met Office spokesman suggested in southern England these temperatures would usually be seen in September or mid-April.
The Met Office spokesman said the December record for England is 17.7C in 1985, while for the UK as a whole it was 18.7C in 2019 in Scotland.
Bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 4-5 for New Year’s Eve to be the hottest on record in the UK.
The firm goes evens for 2022 to be the hottest year on record in the UK, while January is 2-1 to be the hottest ever.
Coral’s John Hill said: “It has been a mild end to the year and with temperatures set to rise into the mid-teens before Friday, the betting suggests we are set for the hottest New Year’s Eve on record in the UK.
“Looking further ahead, we make it evens for 2022 to be the hottest year since records began and we may be set for a milder than usual January.”
UK 5 day weather forecast
Cloudy and very mild with rain and drizzle across England and Wales, most persistent across western hills. Heavy showers across Northern Ireland and Scotland clearing to leave a brighter afternoon. Windy for many.
Rain, heavy at times, moving northwards across northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Further rain moving eastwards across southern England and Wales. Windy in the west with coastal gales. Mild.
Rain persisting across Scotland but slowly easing. Brighter skies developing elsewhere. Windy across central parts with a risk of gales on coasts and hills at first. Remaining very mild.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Mild and breezy on Saturday with some rain for a time towards the northwest. Thereafter temperatures remain nearer normal, with further rain and showers, mostly across western areas.