The warmest New Year’s Eve was followed by the hottest New Year’s day on record, according to figures.
In a time of year when temperatures normally only reach around seven degrees Celsius, thermometers have risen to over 16 ° C due to exposure to the warm subtropical air from the Azores.
The Met Office said it had reached 16.3 ° C in central London’s St. James’s Park, which means it is “likely to be confirmed” as the record high for any New Year’s Day.
The current record temperature in 1916 in Bude, Cornwall, was 15.6 ° C.
In a tweet, the Met Office said: “St. James’s Park was the warmest place in England for the time being and the UK 16.3 ° C today is likely to be confirmed as the new # NewYearsDay record high #temperature. Scotland and Wales have temporarily broken their NYD record highs of 15.9 ° C and 15.6 ° C, respectively. “
Scotland’s previous highest New Year’s temperature was 14.5 ° C in Inverurie in Aberdeenshire in 1992 – while in 2015 the record was set in Wales with 15.1 ° C in Hawarden and Prestatyn.
Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said, “The past few days have been exceptionally mild, both day and night.”
It comes after the Met Office said overnight temperatures rose to 16.5 ° C on New Year’s Eve in Bala, Gwynedd, North Wales.
A spokesman said: “New Year’s Eve 2021 is currently the warmest ever.
“Although this value occurs overnight, we use the 0900-0900 period for historical records.”
Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud urged people to “make the most of the warm weather because a change is underway at the beginning of next week”.
Daytime temperatures are expected to drop as low as 3 ° C in Edinburgh and 7 ° C in London and Cardiff by Tuesday.
He said, “We’re going to lose the subtropical airflow and replace it with some things from the north.
“Temperatures will definitely return to average, with a return of frost and some snow in the northern areas and over the hills.”
The milder start to the year meant that people across the country enjoyed taking part in traditional New Year’s swims – including the Derby Pool, New Brighton, Wirral and the Firth of Forth on Portobello Beach in Edinburgh.
People also enjoyed a swim in front of Forth Bridge in South Queensferry, Edinburgh.
It also led to Somerset House in London, which closed its ice rink again on New Years Day, saying it would not open on Sunday “due to the continued effects of warm temperatures”.
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