UK weather forecast: New Year’s Eve could be hottest on record after Christmas snow


The Met Office is forecasting temperatures to heat up in the coming week and result in potentially record-breaking weather of 15C on December 31, the day before 2022 starts

The sunset at Crosby beach in Merseyside last week
The sunset at Crosby beach in Merseyside last week

People across the country woke up to find snow yesterday as the white Christmas continued into Boxing Day – but forecasters now think New Year’s Eve could be the hottest on record.

Across the UK snow fell on Sunday, with the highest parts of Scotland blanketed with a couple of centimetres and parts of the north of England seeing as much as 5cm at its peaks.

People online shared their photographs of the festive snow, as the Met Office confirmed that it had officially been a white Christmas.

It is not every year people in Britain get the picturesque surroundings of snow at Christmas and others shared some snaps of the snow from Guiseley, near Leeds in West Yorkshire, which too had been blanketed on Boxing Day.

But temperatures are now set to climb again and could even reach a record-breaking 15C on December 31.

Such temperatures are usually seen in the spring, around April, and are considered very mild for this time of year.

These conditions will remain as we enter 2022, with New Year’s Day also set for highs of 14C and lows of 11C, with the weather predicted to be “cloudy”.

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If predictions for New Year’s Eve are correct, it’ll be hotter than the 14.8C recorded in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, in 2011.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent told the Sun : “The weather has been pretty topsy-turvy.

“We’ve had a white Christmas – and now we’re going to see it get warmer.

“It’s going to be exceptionally mild in the coming days and could be as high as 15C on New Year’s Eve. If that’s the case, then another record will fall.”

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Annie Shuttleworth, another meteorologist at the Met Office, said Monday would be a much drier day for northern England and Scotland, with sunny spells developing in the afternoon.

She said: “Still not basking warm temperatures and still staying down in single figures, generally to around average for this time of year, but further south there will be outbreaks of quite heavy rain throughout Monday, but with temperatures of around 12C down there.”

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She added temperatures were forecast to be creeping up through the week, and the forecast.

“I think we’ll have by Wednesday and Thursday we’ll have fairly exceptionally mild temperatures at least across central and southern England.

“And further north they’ll be warmer than average.

“But throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday, it’ll still be a bit cooler across northern England and Scotland.”

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