UK weather forecast: New Year’s Day set to be hottest ever breaking yet another record

Met Office says the UK is set for more record breaking temperatures for New Year’s Day with the weather again in the mid teens after a new high was reached on New Year’s Eve

A new record high temperature could be set for New Year's Day
A new record high temperature could be set for New Year’s Day

Brits are set to enjoy more balmy weather on New Year’s Day and the record for the hottest January 1 is under threat said the Met Office.

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 mild temperature is due to south-westerly air moving across the country

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.

Families enjoyed warm temperatures on New Year’s Eve with the Iron Men on Crosby Beach


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“We are currently dealing with very high level of customer enquiries so it may take us longer than usual to respond.

“We are very sorry for this inconvenience and are working hard to ensure we can re-open asap. We will update asap if there is any further impact on future dates.”

But Brits need to enjoy the warmer weather while they can as more freezing temperatures and snow are around the corner later in January.

Temperatures are expected to be again in the mid teens on Saturday


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UK forecast for the next 5 days


Sunny spells for most areas with much of eastern, southern and central UK dry for much of the time. More unsettled, and windier, in the northwest where some showers and also coastal gales, especially northwest Scotland. Exceptionally mild again.


Turning more unsettled with evening showers and rain in the northwest and southeast becoming more widespread overnight when many see some rain at times. Windy. Mild in the south.


More unsettled with a mixture of sunny spells and showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times. Windy and blustery gusty at times, especially in the south. Very mild.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Becoming colder early next week as cloud and outbreaks of rain and hill snow clearing south. Wintry showers following with overnight frost before turning unsettled and less cold midweek.

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