New Year’s Eve 2021 was the hottest on record as mercury hit 15.8 ° C in parts of the country.
The Met Office says the high was first hit in Merryfield, Somerset, before the city of Nantwich, Cheshire, recorded the same temperature an hour later.
The previous record of 14.8 ° C was broken as early as 11 a.m. when mercury reached 14.9 ° C in Ryehill, East Yorkshire, and then again at noon when temperatures in Coningsby, Lincolnshire hit 15.3 ° C reached.
The record temperatures on New Year’s Eve were followed by December, which was described as “much milder” than usual.
The Met Office forecaster Craig Snell told the PA news agency: “December itself was warmer and we have seen temperatures as high as 18 ° C in parts of the UK.
“By and large it was above average, but not as high as it could have been, but this New Year’s Eve is the warmest we’ve ever had.
“The interesting thing is that it is usually localized, but this year it was very mild south of Glasgow or Edinburgh and there were a lot of places that got up to 14 or 15 degrees Celsius.”
Mr Snell said the rise in temperature was due to “southwest winds” which “bring milder weather to our shores”.
He added, “Where it comes from, it’s warm enough for us to break records.”
New Years Day is expected to be almost as warm.
Mr Snell said the record for the warmest New Year’s day is 15.6 ° C, but this year temperatures are expected to reach 14 ° C or 15 ° C.
“That is out of the realm of possibility,” said Mr. Snell.
“It is the first time since December 2016 that we have reached 15 ° C on three consecutive days. It was a long, mild period.
“It could break records tomorrow, but I was much more confident that we would see record temperatures on New Year’s Eve because the New Year’s record is a bit higher.
“It’s still going to be an exceptionally mild start to 2022. The UK average is around 7 ° C or 8 ° C, so even at 14 ° C it’s still a good 7 ° C above what it should be. “
Mr Snell said temperatures were expected to drop in January, following what is likely the gloomiest December in the UK since 1956, with an average of less than 27 hours of sunshine.
The Met Office said there were only 26.6 hours of sunshine in 30 days – 38% less than the national average for that time of year.
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