UK weather forecast: Met Office reveals exact date SNOW to hit but Brits to bask in 'warmest New Year EVER' this weekend

UK weather forecast: Met Office reveals exact date SNOW to hit but Brits to bask in 'warmest New Year EVER' this weekend

December 31, 2021

THE Met Office has revealed that New Year's Eve will be hottest on record – but Brits better make the most of it as an Arctic blast could sweep in from NEXT week.

There will be warm air sweeping in from the mid-Atlantic, replacing the cooler northerly winds which are typical for this time of year, say forecasters.

The milder weather means the record for the highest temperature on New Year's Eve in the UK – 14.8C at Colwyn Bay in North Wales in 2011 – could even be broken. What a way to start the New Year!

However, it may be too soon to put away the winter jackets as freezing temperatures and snow are due to return in January, as a 'SNOWBOMB' will hit Britain from as early as next MONDAY, January 3, 2022.

Winter will bite back in the weeks to come after what's likely to be the warmest New Year's Eve on record tomorrow.

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts

  • Milica Cosic

    ‘Snowbomb’ to blast Britain

    A 'SNOWBOMB' will hit Britain in January – with a whopping 11ins set to fall as a new Atlantic storm moves in.

    Winter will bite back in the weeks to come after what's likely to be the warmest New Year's Eve on record today.

    As we near the middle of January, it'll snow heavily again – with more than 10ins predicted in the north.

    Newcastle and Northumberland are likely to face white-out by midnight on January 12, WX Charts predicts.

    Parts of Scotland – particularly in the Highlands – will also face up to five inches as the mercury plunges below zero.

    Heavy snow will sweep in by mid-January, with Wales among the places expected to see white-out
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    Take care if travelling this morning

    It's a wet but mild start to New Years Eve.

    The Met Office forecast a couple of bands of rain across the UK, some of this turning heavy at times.

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    UK weather outlook Sunday and Monday

    It will be a mixed day on Sunday with some bright or sunny spells however there will be variable amounts of cloud and outbreaks of rain too.

    Mostly dry and sunny in the south on Monday however there will be more cloud in the north and spells of rain across northern and western areas, heavy at times

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    Tomorrow's weather

    It will be a generally dry and bright day with spells of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud cover.

    There will be outbreaks of rain across northern and western areas during the morning which will clear to reveal sunny spells during the afternoon however there is a chance of showers in the west

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    Meteogroup forecast for today

    The Meteogroup has released it’s forecast for today.

    This morning will see a “dull and damp start to the day with cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain, however rain will ease from most areas a cloud will break to reveal sunny spells and variable cloud.

    “Spells of rain will continue across northern and western areas and will be heavy and persistent across northern Scotland.”

    The agency says that by tonight, “daytime rain will ease and turn increasingly light and patchy during the evening and most areas will be dry.

    “Overnight will then continue to be generally dry but dull with thick cloud cover and patches of mist will build.

    “There will be some spells of rain and scattered showers, mostly in the north.”

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    Today's weather forecast

    It will be a dull and damp day with cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain which will track northwards and eastwards during the morning.

    Rain will be heavy at times before easing and turning increasingly light during the afternoon.

    Cloud will break and some spells of sunshine will develop too.

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    How to stay warm when outside

    If you're planning to be out for New Year's tomorrow, you'll want to wrap up warm as you will have a long night ahead of you.

    Here are some good tips for staying warm:

    1. Prewarm your clothes.
    2. Invest in some quality thermals.
    3. Fleece leggings.
    4. Hand warmers.
    5. Cover every inch of skin.
    6. Eat fatty foods.
    7. Thermal flask.
    8. Keep moving.
    9. Keep hydrated.
    10. Keep your head covered.
    11. Tactical scarf-wearing – including keeping your nose and mouth covered
  • Milica Cosic

    Double figured temperatures over the weekend

    Temperatures are expected to stay in double figures over the coming weekend, so your New Years celebrations could be a good one.

    The warm south-westerly winds from the Azores have arrived in the UK, replacing the cooler northerly winds which are typical for this time of year.

    However, after this warm balmy weekend, the mercury will soon drop and more snow will be on the way.

    Met Office forecaster Craig Snell has warned: "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."

    The Met Office states wintry showers are expected across Scotland from Monday, January 3 but adds: "Later Monday it is expected to become colder with an increased likelihood of wintry showers at lower levels."

  • Milica Cosic

    New Year’s Day could also see a new high

    Forecasters are predicting the hottest ever New Year’s Eve with the mercury set to top the record of 14.8C (58.6F) set in Colwyn Bay, Wales, in 2011.

    New Year’s Day could also see a new high – the previous record of 15.6C (60F) was set in 1916 in Bude, Cornwall.

    The mild weather is down to a huge plume of warm Atlantic air which has swept across the country in recent days, although temperatures are set to plummet next week.

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    UK weather outlook for Saturday and Sunday

    It will be a brighter day on Saturday with spells of sunshine and variable mounts of cloud cover.

    There will be showers in the north and west.

    A cloudy start on Sunday with outbreaks of rain clearing to reveal spells of sunshine, patchy cloud cover and a chance of showers, mostly in the west.

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    Wintry showers for January

    Weather graphics from WX Charts reveal snow could head south from January 10.

    There are also wintry showers currently predicted in West Wales, the North West, and London.

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    What to do if you find yourself aquaplaning

    Aquaplaning – skidding on water – occurs when a wedge of water forms in front of the tyre and lifts it up off the road surface.

    If you feel your car losing grip with the road, gently ease off the accelerator but don’t brake.

    Have a firm grip of the steering wheel and be sure not to make any sudden steering actions.

    The car will eventually regain its grip as water clears from the road.

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    Weather for 11th to 25th of January

    There is the potential for a short-lived settled spell to start this period, which would mean cooler and drier weather but also an increased risk of overnight fog and frost.

    Later in the month, milder but more unsettled weather is expected to return, with the associated hazards of strong winds and heavy rain.

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    The Met Office on the warm temperatures

    Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “The position of the jet stream and a low-pressure system to the west of Ireland mean that a large amount of unusually warm air will be pulled up over the UK.

    “While this means a very mild start to the New Year for most in the UK it will soon be replaced by more ‘normal’ January conditions.

    “These warm spells in winter are consistent with what we would expect with climate change, and while cold snaps cannot be ruled out, we would expect above-average temperatures like this to become a more frequent occurrence as the global climate warms.”

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    North African tropical plume set to sweep Britain

    A balmy plume from North Africa will sweep Britain from tomorrow meaning the mercury could reach 15C on the last day of 2021.

    Amazingly, the weather will be as good on the south coast and in the south-east as it is in Athens, Madrid and Rhodes.

    And if predictions are correct, it’ll be hotter in those areas than the record-breaking 14.8C recorded in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, in 2011.

    The 15.6C record for New Year’s Eve logged in Great Yarmouth, in 1901, could also tumble.

    Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “The record for both days could go.

    “It’s time for people to put on t-shirts and flip-flops and get the picnic tables out.

    “This will last for about five days, after which we expect to pay for it with the cold to return.

    “This is by no means the end of winter.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Government scrambling to secure supplies of Covid-19 tests

    Following the news of warmer weather for New Years Eve, the Prime Minister urged people to get swabbed before enjoying the celebrations.

    However, chaos has been caused as lateral flows have run out and ‘very few’ PCRs have been left in the NYE build up – as No 10 warns ‘be cautious’ if you can’t test.

    One of the best ways to protect people is to get a test to avoid the spread of the Omicron variant, which most people have experience cold-like symptoms with.

    Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

    So not only must you be weather aware for tomorrow, but also be Covid secure and test yourself before you go out!

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    Weather forecast for Friday

    It will be a dull and damp day with cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain which will track northwards and eastwards during the morning.

    Rain will be heavy at times before easing and turning increasingly light during the afternoon.

    Cloud will break and some spells of sunshine will develop too.

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    Bookies on the hottest New Year's Eve on record

    Bookies make it odds on at 4-5 that it'll be scorching for this time of year, with Coral's John Hill telling punters: "The betting suggests we are set for the hottest New Year's Eve on record in the UK."

    The freak spell comes courtesy of a 'tropical plume' from North Africa – with one meteorologist joking: "It's time for people to put on t-shirts and flip-flops".

    But Jim Dale of British Weather Services added: “This will last for about five days, after which we expect to pay for it with the cold to return."

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    How to tell if your symptoms are Omicron or flu?

    As coronavirus cases continue to spread, with the Omicron variant now standing its ground, it's likely you're on high alert for the slightest cough or sniffle.

    A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.

    Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

    Regardless of your symptoms, it may be best to get a Covid test just to check and Health Secretary Sajid Javid has urged Brits to take a lateral flow test before going out and meeting with friends.

    If it is positive, there are strict self-isolation rules. But if it is negative, experts say if you are unwell, it’s best to stay away from people to prevent spreading bugs, anyway. 

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    Double figured temperatures over the weekend

    Temperatures are expected to stay in double figures over the coming weekend, so your New Years celebrations could be a good one.

    The warm south-westerly winds from the Azores have arrived in the UK, replacing the cooler northerly winds which are typical for this time of year.

    However, after this warm balmy weekend, the mercury will soon drop and more snow will be on the way.

    Met Office forecaster Craig Snell has warned: "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."

    The Met Office states wintry showers are expected across Scotland from Monday, January 3 but adds: "Later Monday it is expected to become colder with an increased likelihood of wintry showers at lower levels."

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    Yellow rain warning in place until 4am

    The Met Office has released a yellow warning for rain in the north-west of England.

    The agency tweeted: "Yellow weather warning issued Warning sign

    "Rain across northwest England. Thursday NOW – Friday 0400."

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    London weather forecast for tomorrow

    Outbreaks of rain soon clearing eastwards to leave a largely dry and very mild day, with bright or sunny spells.

    Breezy once again, but winds should gradually ease later.

    Maximum temperature 16 °C.

  • Joseph Gamp

    The last day of 2021…

    We're almost at the end of 2021 – and it's set to be a rather balmy start to the year ahead.

    The Met Office says it will be mild in the south of the country during New Year's Eve day.

    It tweeted: "The last day of 2021 will start on a cloudy note with some rain, but it should gradually brighten up in the south."

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    New Year's Eve ODDS-ON to be hottest on record

    IT IS NOW AN ODDS-ON SHOT that tomorrow goes down as the hottest New Year's Eve on record, according to Ladbrokes.

    With Brits set to bathe in 'subtropical air' over the next two days, the bookies have slashed odds to just 1/3 on this going down as the hottest New Year's Eve EVER.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "All the signs are pointing towards a record-breaking end to the year for all the right reasons on the weather front."

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    Weather outlook from NYD to Monday

    Changeable with occasional rain or showers.

    Rather windy for most but the exceptionally mild conditions at first.

    Mild conditions will be replaced by temperatures nearer average by early next week.

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